For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2015
Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, becomes first vice president of
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
LAS VEGAS—Today, Philadelphia-based orthopaedic surgeon Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, assumes the position of first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The new role reflects the second of a three-year term of volunteer service that crests with Dr. Williams serving as president of the organization in 2016-2017.
Dr. Williams is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of shoulders at Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He has served in various faculty positions since 1990 and currently is the John M. Fenlin, Jr., MD, Professor of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at The Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., Dr. Williams received his medical degree, with honors, from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He began his postgraduate training with an internship in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he later completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery and a one-year fellowship in shoulder surgery.
Dr. Williams previously served in several volunteer leadership roles at the AAOS including a two-year term on the Board of Directors and chair of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses Committee, as well as a position on the Committee on Shoulder and Elbow (1999). Active in more than a dozen professional societies and councils, Dr. Williams has served as the president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and has been a member of the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society (President in 2002), the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (president, 2009), and the Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society (co-founder and President 2012-2014).
When Dr. Williams has free time, he enjoys spending it with his wife, Robin, and children, Mark and Alexis.
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