Dr. John Williams is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies, he was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to study hip-hop culture and the integration of nationalist German and Turkish immigrant youth, in affiliation with Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He later changed his focus to medicine, completing postbaccalaureate studies in premedical sciences at Bryn Mawr College in 2011.

He earned his medical degree at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2015, winning the Stanley Aronson Prize for Best Neuroscience Research in his fourth year. He completed neurosurgical residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle and went on to complete a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the Johns Hopkins University in 2023.

Dr. Williams specializes in complex spinal surgery, particularly in spine trauma and minimally invasive approaches. His areas of clinical expertise also include cranial trauma and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Williams’ research interests include traumatic brain injury outcomes prediction and outcomes improvement. He has been recognized with numerous academic honors and awards, and is the co-author of peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters. In his previous career, he received a Best Picture Nomination at the Academy Awards and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his role as producer of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” in 2012.

Dr. Williams collaborates with neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, neuropsychologists, chiropractors, and pain management specialists.

John R. Williams, MD


Postbaccalaureate studies in premedical sciences
Bryn Mawr College
Medial Degree
Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University
University of Washington
Complex spine surgery fellowship
Johns Hopkins University