Medical Director, Trauma Services

Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics

Patient Care Emphasis

Clinical interest: Neonatal surgery, general and thoracic pediatric surgery, trauma surgery, burn care
Research interest: Outcomes and evidence based practice, clinical trials

Medical School

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Postgraduate Education

Undergraduate: Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.
Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude

Graduate: Master of Science in Epidemiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery, Special Qualifications in Pediatric Surgery


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Surgery


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center


St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Department of Surgery (research)

University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (pediatric surgery)

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons, Resident member Southeastern Surgical Congress
Alpha Omega Alpha Phi Kappa Phi
Tennessee Medical Association
Memphis Medical Society Association of Women Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association, Candidate member
American Association of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery, Affiliate member

Selected Research

Williams RF, Interiano RB, Paton E, Eubanks JW, Huang EY, Langham MR. Impact of a randomized clinical trial on children with perforated appendicitis. Surgery 2014 Aug;156(2):462-6.

Interiano RB, Williams RF, Paton E, Reiss UM, Srinivasan A, Shephard C, Huang EY, Spontaneous Massive Hemoperitoneum From Hemorrhagic Corpus Luteum Cyst As Initial Presentation of Aplastic Anemia, Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.epsc.2014.06.011.

Savoie KB, Huang EY, Aziz SK, Blakely ML, Dassinger S, Dorale AR, Duggan EM, Harting MT, Markel TA, Moore-Olufemi SD, Shah SR, St Peter SD, Tsao K, Wyrick DL, Williams RF.
Improving gastroschisis outcomes: does birth place matter? J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Dec;49(12):1771-5.

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. 2013 Mar;37(3):746-51.

Myers AL, Williams RF, Giles K, Waters TM, Eubanks JW 3rd, Hixson SD, Huang EY, Langham MR Jr, Blakely ML. Hospital Cost Analysis of a Prospective, Randomized Trial of Early vs Interval Appendectomy for Perforated Appendicitis in Children. J Am Coll Surg. 2012 Apr;214(4):427-34.

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 2011 Jan;70(1):97-102.

Blakely ML, Williams R, Dassinger MS, Eubanks JW 3rd, Fischer P, Huang EY, Paton E, Culbreath B, Hester A, Streck C, Hixson SD, Langham MR Jr. Early vs interval appendectomy for children with perforated appendicitis. Arch Surg 2011 Jun;146(6):660-665.

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. 2011 Sep;150(3):497-504.

Sims TL, McGee MC, Williams RF, Hamner JB, Tracey L, Myers AL, Ng C, Wu J, Gaber MW, McCarville B, Nathwani A, Davidoff AM. Inteferon-beta restricts Tumor Growth and Sensitizes Alveolar Rhabomyosarcoma to Ionizing Radiation. Molec Cancer Ther 2010 Mar;9(3):761-71.

McGee MC, Hamner JB, Williams RF, Rosati SF, Sims TL, Ng C, Gaber MW, Duntsch C, Merchant TE, Davidoff AM. Improved intratumoral oxygenation through vascular normalization increases glioma sensitivity to ionizing radiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010 Apr;76(5):1537-45.

Williams RF, Myers AL, Sims TL, Ng CY, Nathwani A, Davidoff AM. Targeting multiple angiogenic pathways for the treatment of neuroblastoma. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jun;45(6):1103-9.

Myers AL, Williams RF, Hartwich J, Ng CY, Davidoff AM. Bevacizumab-Induced Tumor Vessel Remodeling in Rhabdomyosarcoma Xenografts Increases the Effectiveness of Adjuvant Ionizing Radiation. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jun;45(6):1080-5.

Tracey L, Streck CJ, Du Z, Williams RF, Pfeffer LM, Nathwani AC, Davidoff AM. NF-kappB activation mediates resistance to IFN beta in MLL-rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia 2010 Apr;24(4):806-12.

Williams RF, Blakely ML, Fischer PE, Streck CJ, Dassinger MS, Gupta H, Eubanks JW, Huang EY, Hixson DS, Langham MR. Diagnosing Ruptured Appendicitis Preoperatively in Pediatric Patients. J Am Coll Surg 2009;208(5):819-825.

Williams RF, Magnotti LJ, Croce MA, Hargraves BB, Fischer PE, Schroeppel TJ, Zarzaur BL, Muhlbauer M, Timmons S, Fabian TC. Impact of Decompressive Craniectomy on Functional Outcome Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Trauma 2009;66(6):1570-6.

Williams RF, Martin D, Mulrooney T, Voeller GV. Intraperitoneal Modification of the Rives- Stoppa Repair for Large Incisional Hernias. Hernia 2008;12(2):141-5.

Martin DF, Williams RF, Mulrooney MT, Voeller GV. Ventralex mesh in umbilical/epigastric hernia repairs: clinical outcomes and complications. Hernia 2008 Aug;12(4):379-83.

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 2008 May;206(5):962-8; discussion 968-9.

Sims TL, Williams RF, Ng CY, Rosati SF, Spence Y, Davidoff AM. Bevacizumab suppresses neuroblastoma progression in the setting of minimal disease. Surgery. 2008 Aug;144(2):269-75.

Sims TL Jr, 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. 2008 Nov;15(11):3259-67.

Rosati SF, Williams RF, Nunnally LC, McGee MC, Sims TL, Tracey L, Zhou J, Fan M, Ng CY, Nathwani AC, Stewart CF, Pfeffer LM, and Davidoff AM. Interferon-? Sensitizes Neuroblastoma to the Anti-Tumor Activity of Temozolomide by Modulating O6-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase Expression. Molec Cancer Therapeutics 2008 Dec;7(12):3852-8.

Williams RF, White J, Croce MA, Dilawari R. Surgical Options in the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Am Surg, 2007 Jul;73(7):658-62; discussion 662-3.