Assistant Professor
Surgery and Pediatrics

Tel: (901) 287-6219


  • M.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Medicine
  • B.S., Austin Peay State University, Biology and Chemistry

My Current CV

Clinical Care Specialty/Interest

General Pediatric, Thoracic and Oncologic Surgery


  1. Sedlacik, J, Myers, A, Loeffler, RB, Williams, RF, Davidoff, AM, Hillenbrand, CM. A dedicated automated injection system for dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI experiments in mice. J Magn Reson Imaging, 37 (3), 746-51, 2013.
  2. Myers, AL, Williams, RF, Giles, K, Waters, TM, Eubanks, JW, Hixson, SD, Huang, EY, Langham, MR, Blakely, ML. Hospital cost analysis of a prospective, randomized trial of early vs interval appendectomy for perforated appendicitis in children. J Am Coll Surg, 214 (4), 427-34; discussion 434-5, 2012.
  3. Denbo, JW, Williams, RF, Orr, WS, Sims, TL, Ng, CY, Zhou, J, Spence, Y, Morton, CL, Nathwani, AC, Duntsch, C, Pfeffer, LM, Davidoff, AM. Continuous local delivery of interferon-β stabilizes tumor vasculature in an orthotopic glioblastoma xenograft resection model. Surgery, 150 (3), 497-504, 2011.
  4. Blakely, ML, Williams, R, Dassinger, MS, Eubanks, JW, Fischer, P, Huang, EY, Paton, E, Culbreath, B, Hester, A, Streck, C, Hixson, SD, Langham, MR. Early vs interval appendectomy for children with perforated appendicitis. Arch Surg, 146 (6), 660-5, 2011.
  5. Magnotti, LJ, Zarzaur, BL, Fischer, PE, Williams, RF, Myers, AL, Bradburn, EH, Fabian, TC, Croce, MA. Improved survival after hemostatic resuscitation: does the emperor have no clothes. J Trauma, 70 (1), 97-102, 2011.
  6. Gosain, A, Williams, RF, Blakely, ML. Distinguishing acute from ruptured appendicitis preoperatively in the pediatric patient. Adv Surg, 44, 73-85, 2010.
  7. Williams, RF, Sims, TL, Tracey, L, Myers, AL, Ng, CY, Poppleton, H, Nathwani, AC, Davidoff, AM. Maturation of tumor vasculature by interferon-beta disrupts the vascular niche of glioma stem cells. Anticancer Res, 30 (9), 3301-8, 2010.
  8. Myers, AL, Williams, RF, Ng, CY, Hartwich, JE, Davidoff, AM. Bevacizumab-induced tumor vessel remodeling in rhabdomyosarcoma xenografts increases the effectiveness of adjuvant ionizing radiation. J Pediatr Surg, 45 (6), 1080-5, 2010.
  9. Williams, RF, Myers, AL, Sims, TL, Ng, CY, Nathwani, AC, Davidoff, AM. Targeting multiple angiogenic pathways for the treatment of neuroblastoma. J Pediatr Surg, 45 (6), 1103-9, 2010.
  10. Tracey, L, Streck, CJ, Du, Z, Williams, RF, Pfeffer, LM, Nathwani, AC, Davidoff, AM. NF-kappaB activation mediates resistance to IFN beta in MLL-rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia, 24 (4), 806-12, 2010.
  11. McGee, MC, Hamner, JB, Williams, RF, Rosati, SF, Sims, TL, Ng, CY, Gaber, MW, Calabrese, C, Wu, J, Nathwani, AC, Duntsch, C, Merchant, TE, Davidoff, AM. Improved intratumoral oxygenation through vascular normalization increases glioma sensitivity to ionizing radiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 76 (5), 1537-45, 2010.
  12. Sims, TL, McGee, M, Williams, RF, Myers, AL, Tracey, L, Hamner, JB, Ng, C, Wu, J, Gaber, MW, McCarville, B, Nathwani, AC, Davidoff, AM. IFN-beta restricts tumor growth and sensitizes alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma to ionizing radiation. Mol Cancer Ther, 9 (3), 761-71, 2010.
  13. Williams, RF, Croce, MA. Are airbags effective in decreasing trauma in auto accidents. Adv Surg, 43, 139-45, 2009.
  14. Williams, RF, Magnotti, LJ, Croce, MA, Hargraves, BB, Fischer, PE, Schroeppel, TJ, Zarzaur, BL, Muhlbauer, M, Timmons, SD, Fabian, TC. Impact of decompressive craniectomy on functional outcome after severe traumatic brain injury. J Trauma, 66 (6), 1570-4; discussion 1574-6, 2009.
  15. Williams, RF, Blakely, ML, Fischer, PE, Streck, CJ, Dassinger, MS, Gupta, H, Renaud, EJ, Eubanks, JW, Huang, EY, Hixson, SD, Langham, MR. Diagnosing ruptured appendicitis preoperatively in pediatric patients. J Am Coll Surg, 208 (5), 819-25; discussion 826-8, 2009.
  16. Rosati, SF, Williams, RF, Nunnally, LC, McGee, MC, Sims, TL, Tracey, L, Zhou, J, Fan, M, Ng, CY, Nathwani, AC, Stewart, CF, Pfeffer, LM, Davidoff, AM. IFN-beta sensitizes neuroblastoma to the antitumor activity of temozolomide by modulating O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase expression. Mol Cancer Ther, 7 (12), 3852-8, 2008.
  17. Sims, TL, Hamner, JB, Bush, RA, Williams, RF, Zhou, J, Kim, SU, Aboody, KS, Danks, MK, Davidoff, AM. Neural progenitor cell-mediated delivery of interferon beta improves neuroblastoma response to cyclophosphamide. Ann Surg Oncol, 15 (11), 3259-67, 2008.
  18. Martin, DF, Williams, RF, Mulrooney, T, Voeller, GR. Ventralex mesh in umbilical/epigastric hernia repairs: clinical outcomes and complications. Hernia, 12 (4), 379-83, 2008.
  19. Sims, TL, Williams, RF, Ng, CY, Rosati, SF, Spence, Y, Davidoff, AM. Bevacizumab suppresses neuroblastoma progression in the setting of minimal disease. Surgery, 144 (2), 269-75, 2008.
  20. Williams, RF, Fabian, TC, Fischer, PE, Zarzaur, BL, Magnotti, LJ, Croce, MA. Impact of airbags on a Level I trauma center: injury patterns, infectious morbidity, and hospital costs. J Am Coll Surg, 206 (5), 962-8; discussion 968-9, 2008.
  21. Williams, RF, Martin, DF, Mulrooney, MT, Voeller, GR. Intraperitoneal modification of the Rives-Stoppa repair for large incisional hernias. Hernia, 12 (2), 141-5, 2008.
  22. Williams, R, White, J, Croce, M, Dilawari, R. Surgical options in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. Am Surg, 73 (7), 658-62; discussion 662-3, 2007.