Dr. Michael Williams is director of Adult and Transitional Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders. He is a UW professor of neurology and neurological surgery, and…
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Patient Care Philosophy
Our goal is to provide expert, compassionate care to all adults with hydrocephalus, pseudotumor cerebri, and related disorders of cerebrospinal fluid circulation. I have long recognized that patients with these disorders have difficulty finding experts to treat them, or even to consider the possibility that they may have hydrocephalus or pseudotumor. This gap in expertise is especially true for young adults with hydrocephalus who are entering the adult healthcare system. Best care for our patients involves a team of healthcare professionals across many specialties, and the use of established, as well as cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment techniques.
A very important aspect of our program is that we care for patients longitudinally, as it is important to see them over time to be sure their hydrocephalus or pseudotumor treatment remains under control, and to help identify change in condition or symptoms that may indicate problems, or even a new diagnosis that may require evaluation by another specialist. I firmly believe in listening to my patients and understanding their narrative, including the impact of their disorder on their lives. I share in the joy of helping patients to get better, and yet I know that not all the patients I see will turn out to have hydrocephalus or pseudotumor, and in those instances, I always strive to help them to find a specialist who can help with diagnosis and treatment.
I enjoy traveling, “very” amateur photography and weekend bicycling.
Clinical care and research in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH); young adults with hydrocephalus from childhood who are making the transition from pediatric to adult specialists (transitional care); hydrocephalus in young and middle-aged adults; pseudotumor cerebri, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH); management of these disorders with shunt systems, as well as with other established interventions, such as endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) for patients with some forms of hydrocephalus, or vascular stent insertion for some patients with pseudotumor cerebri.
Research in the longitudinal care and outcomes of congenital hydrocephalus, idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus, and acquired hydrocephalus; research in novel diagnostic and treatment approaches for hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri, including noninvasive intracranial pressure monitoring. Dr. Williams also conducts research in VIIP (Visual Impairment / Intracranial Pressure), which is a disorder affecting astronauts after long-duration spaceflight.
|Indiana University School of Medicine||Medical education||1985
|Indiana University School of Medicine||Residency||
|IU Health Methodist Hospital of Indiana||Internship||
|Johns Hopkins Hospital||Fellowship||
|American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology||Neurology||1991