(CHICAGO) — Dr. Kim Williams, a nuclear cardiologist with a special interest in cardiovascular radiology and heart disease in kidney and cancer patients, has been appointed chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center. He joined Rush in November from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, where he was a tenured professor of medicine radiology and chief of cardiology.
“Dr. Williams’ 30 years of experience in cardiology, including nuclear cardiology, and cardio-vascular science will make him a key addition to Rush’s heart program,” said Dr. Jochen Reiser, chair of internal medicine at Rush. “We are fortunate to have his leadership.”
In the coming months, Williams plans to establish a cardio-oncology clinic at Rush in collaboration with the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy. The clinic would provide care for two distinct groups of patients: those whose chemotherapy regimens put them at high risk for heart disease and those who have both cancer and heart disease.
"In the coming years, cancer will overtake heart disease as the No. 1 killer of Americans," Williams said. "But with the incidence of heart disease being what it is, there will be a lot of overlap between the two. And patients who have both conditions need specialized management."
He hopes to add or expand services at Rush for several other groups of patients who need ongoing management: adults with congenital heart disease, patients with heart and renal problems, and patients with heart and metabolic conditions.
Williams is the vice president of the American College of Cardiology, and he will become the organization’s president-elect in March 2014. In 2015, he will serve as president.
In May 2013, he testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee about possible methods of linking Medicare reimbursement for imaging procedures with performance on quality measures.
Williams is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1979. He also earned his undergraduate degree there.
Following his residency in medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, he completed fellowships in cardiology, clinical pharmacology and nuclear medicine at the University of Chicago. He later joined the faculty there, attaining the rank of professor of medicine and radiology by 2003.
In 2010, he joined the faculty of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He also served as director of the Coronary Care Unit at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Appropriate use of technology has been a focus of his research. He is the lead author or co-author of 38 original articles and has written more than 80 review articles, position statements and editorials.
The heart program at Rush is consistently ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.