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William J. Williams, M.D., named Dean of the College of Medicine
William J. Williams, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor in the State University of New York and Edward C. Reifenstein Professor of Medicine at Upstate Medical University, has been named Dean of the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University. The announcement was made by SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. Williams will serve as dean until a successor is named.
As Dean, Williams will oversee a college with more than 600 students and 480 faculty, responsible for undergraduate medical education leading to the M.D. degree and the M.D./Ph.D. combined degree, in addition to graduate and continuing education programs.
Williams began his association with SUNY Upstate in 1969 when he was named the Edward C. Reifenstein Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine, a position he held until 1992. He served as interim Dean of the College of Medicine from 1991 to 1992.
Williams was named Distinguished Service Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustee earlier this year. The professorship is a tenured rank above full professor and recognizes individuals whose extraordinary service extends beyond the New York state.
Williams is probably best known in academic medicine as editor-in-chief of the medical text Hematology, first published in 1972. The book, currently in its sixth edition (2001), is now named Williams Hematology.
Williams received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career he has been active in medical research and teaching as well as in patient care. He is certified as a specialist in internal medicine and hematology.
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