Stephen Williamson, MD

Director, Early-Phase Program, Clinical Research, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Professor, Hematology/Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Steve Williamson, Director, Phase I Program, Clinical Research, The University of Kansas Cancer Center Professor, Hematology/Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center

Stephen Williamson, MD, began his involvement in clinical trials research as an oncology fellow in 1984. Two years later, he initiated his first multi-institutional phase II trial through the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and has since been an active member on, specifically, SWOG’s lung, gastrointestinal, and head and neck cancer committees. Over the years, Dr. Williamson has been the primary study coordinator for 10 phase II trials and one national phase III trial through SWOG, besides serving as a co-investigator in over 30 other trials, and as one of SWOG’s quality assurance site visitors.

Dr. Williamson received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1979, completing his internship and residency at the University of Oklahoma’s Tulsa Medical College before returning to the University of Kansas Medical Center for his fellowship in medical oncology. He has since served in a variety of leadership roles, including directing KU Medical Center’s division of Hematology and Oncology for over a decade, and being interim deputy director of the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute in 2006. Gastrointestinal and lung malignancies are particular research interests of Dr. Williamson; from 2000 to 2004, he served on the National Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal Intergroup Esophageal Tumor Site Task Force. He is also a member of the gastrointestinal and head and neck cancer disease working groups at KU, through which he mentors many junior faculty on their clinical trials.

In 2013, Dr. Williamson once again took on the role of medical director of KU Cancer Center’s clinical trials organization, a responsibility he previously held from 2009 to 2011. He is expected to help restructure this operation to be more responsive to the needs of clinical investigators, while opening the right clinical trials more quickly and increasing patient accrual.


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