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Owen R. T. Williams

Owen R. T. Williams


Assistant Professor

Dr. Williams graduated from Medical School at the University of Calgary, Alberta. Following internship he returned to Calgary to complete his Neurological Surgery residency and Neurophysiology Research Fellowship in hippocampal physiology and cell volume regulation.

Prior to his neurosurgical career, Dr. Williams worked at the Plains Hospital Medical Centre and the Pasqua Hospital (Regina, Saskatchewan), in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Surgery and worked in family medicine.

In 1994, Dr. Williams joined the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery. Since that time Dr. Williams has been involved on many teaching opportunities in both undergraduate and resident education. His clinical interests are complex spinal surgery (minimally invasive reconstructive surgery for spinal trauma and spinal oncology), craniofacial/cranio-basal surgery and image-guided cranial surgery.

In collaboration with the very active clinical epilepsy service established by Drs. Y. Agha-Khani and A. Yankovsky of the Department of Medicine, Section of Neurology, and Epilepsy Surgery Unit has been developed to identify, evaluate, and treat patients with active drug-resistant seizure syndromes utilizing state-of-the-art technological tools and techniques. This unit has allowed many Manitobans to have definitive treatment of their epilepsy preformed locally who otherwise would have required referral to other Canadian centers.

Dr. Williams' research interests lie in the area of glial physiology and systems biology. He has received many research awards some of which include the National Research Council Studentship Award, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Studentship and the Joseph Albert Travel Award.

Dr. Williams’ interests in systems biology and economic theory led to his obtaining a double MBA at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). His continuing interests from this experience lie in supply chain theory, operations research methodologies, and financial engineering as applied to health care systems. The development of an institutional capacity in the Kleysen Centre for MR guided neurosurgery and the Extreme Imaging Critical Care Research Group have been a recent focus. The clinical and research units are expected to be active in April/May 2012.

Dr. Williams can be reached at the following telephone and fax numbers:

GB105-820 Sherbrook Street
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9
Telephone: (204) 787-7271
Fax: (204) 783-7356

GB124-820 Sherbrook Street
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9
Telephone: (204) 787-7267
Fax: (204) 787-3851

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