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Gerald R. Williams

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Dr. Williams is The John M. Fenlin, Jr Professor of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at The Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

As a member of the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Rothman Institute, his practice is limited to the diagnosis and management of shoulder disorders, with extensive experience in the field of shoulder replacement. He currently serves as the Past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a past President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, and the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society.


Although he was born in Ft. Myers, Florida, Dr. Williams grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, graduating with honors from Henderson High School (1976), with honors from Ursinus College (1980), and with honors from Temple University School of Medicine (1984). He completed his internship, residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, and Fellowship training in shoulder surgery (1984–1990) at the University of Texas Health Science Center

in San Antonio. He was in solo private practice for one year (1990–1991) at Graduate Hospital, full-time academic practice at the University of Pennsylvania for 16 years (1991-2007), and private practice (the Rothman Institute) and Thomas Jefferson University Health System for 10 years (2007–present).


Dr. Williams’ teaching and research experience is extensive. He has participated as a faculty member or organized over 250 educational meetings, authored over 150 scientific articles and 45 review articles or book chapters, and co-edited four textbooks on shoulder surgery.


Dr. Williams has been married to Robin Kazanjian Williams for 33 years and they have two children – Mark (30) and Alexis (28). They reside in Villanova, Pennsylvania.


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