Brie Williams, MD, MS, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Program for the Aging Century at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Williams also serves as Medical Director of the San Francisco VA Geriatrics Clinic and attends on the San Francisco VA Acute Care for Elders Unit and on the Palliative Care Consult Service. She is board certified in Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Internal Medicine.
As a Clinician-Researcher and educator in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics, Dr. Williams works with collaborators from the criminal justice, correctional health and legal fields to apply the principles of geriatrics and palliative medicine to transform the care of older adults in the criminal justice system. She serves as a consultant for jails, prisons and legal organizations nationwide and was a member of the Workshop on Incarceration and Health sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. In her work as an educator, Dr. Williams focuses on the preparedness of health and non-health professionals for an aging criminal justice system. She has conducted needs assessments and trainings for a variety of professionals including police, judges, attorneys, social workers and discharge case managers in the essential elements of geriatrics and palliative medicine in order to optimize care for older adults during and after incarceration.
Dr. Williams has published research calling for broader inclusion of prisoners in national health datasets and greater consistency and transparency in data describing the quality and cost of correctional healthcare for older adults. Her research has led to new methods for responding to the unique health needs of incarcerated older adults including an evidence-based approach to inform compassionate release policies, the design of a new assessment for physical functioning in older prisoners, and the inclusion of questions about incarceration in a national health survey of older adults. She is the lead editor of the upcoming Current Geriatrics Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition to be published by McGraw Hill that focuses on the state of the art approach to caring for diverse and vulnerable older adults including prisoners. Her current research focuses on understanding the nature, prevalence, and healthcare utilization consequences of multi-morbidity, distressing symptoms, and functional and cognitive impairments in older jail inmates. Dr. Williams’ research has been supported by the Hartford Foundation, the Brookdale Foundation, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the National Institutes of Health.