Faculty Profile

Shellie Williams
Section of Geriatrics
Associate Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Academic Interests

Dr. Williams scholarly interests are focused on curriculum development in palliative communication, dementia clinical care, and frailty recognition. She co-created a nationally recognized, longitudinal geriatric skills building curriculum for medical students titled, Geriatric Aging Thru Transitional Environments (GATE). She serves as Director of Geriatric Education within Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Williams has developed community education initiatives related to dementia and healthy aging via partnerships with local faith-based organizations and senior community centers. She is developing a dementia care decision making tool for culturally diverse caregivers to assist with the complex care decisions facing families living with dementia.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Williams is a geriatrician and palliative medicine specialist with a focus on the care of complex multi-morbid adults across the continuum of serious illness. Her primary areas of interest are cognitive assessment and behavioral management of individuals living with dementia, palliative care/EOL communication and long-term care of frail and multi-morbidity individuals. Her clinical practice spans inpatient consultative geriatric & palliative medicine, long term care, specialty & primary ge


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  • MD, 1997, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Residency, 2000, University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2001, Univ. of Hwaii, Geriatric Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2002, Univ. of Hawaii, Medical Education