Fourth lecture in Preventive Medicine series at Geisinger Commonwealth promises to take ‘die’ out of ‘diet’

Monday, September 18, 2017

Past president of the American College of Cardiology urges medicine to ‘stop mopping the floor and instead move to turn off the faucet’ through diet and lifestyle changes

On Oct. 5, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) will host Kim Allan Williams, MD, past president of the American College of Cardiology and James B. Herrick professor and chief, Division of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, as the next speaker in its popular Preventive Medicine Lecture Series. Dr. Williams will deliver his talk, “Taking the ‘Die’ out of Diet,” on Thursday, Oct. 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Geisinger Commonwealth’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street Scranton. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. For more information or to register, email events@tcmc.edu, visit tcmc.edu/preventivemed or call 570-504-9685.

As a cardiologist and past president of the American College of Cardiologists, Dr. Williams said American medicine has been focused too much on “mopping up the floor,” that is intervening after a patient suffers a coronary event, rather than “turning off the faucet,” by which he means preventing heart disease in the first place. Taking this population health approach, Dr. Williams will discuss nutrition and heart disease, sharing data and insights into dietary changes — including adoption of a plant-based diet — that positively impact health.

Dr. Williams is a long-time advocate of a plant-based diet as part of shifting the focus on heart disease from “event” to “prevent.” Dr. Williams adopted a plant-based diet more than a decade ago, after routine blood work revealed he had a high level of LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol.

For Dr. Williams, advocacy is tempered with compassion. When advising patients on diet, he said he is sensitive to the complex relationship people have with food. Instead of hectoring, he probes to find a personal motivation that could alter an individual’s risky behavior.

Dr. Williams in 2015 served as president of the American College of Cardiologists. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his MD from The University of Chicago and completed his residency training at Emory University in Atlanta. He also completed a fellowship in cardiology at The University of Chicago and courses at the National Institute for Professional Education in radiation biology, physics of radiation, physics of nuclear medicine and instrumentation in nuclear medicine. Other fellowships include clinical pharmacology and nuclear medicine at The University of Chicago; and cardiovascular computed tomography at Cabrini Hospital, New York City with Dr. Michael Poon. He is a founding member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

He is the author of numerous papers and a frequent speaker at medical symposia. He has been voted among “Chicago’s Top Doctors,” by Chicago magazine and also among “America’s Top Doctors” and was named among the “Top 1% of cardiologists in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report. In 2010, he received the Roderick W. Childers Teaching Award for the best teacher in the University of Chicago cardiology training program and in 2014 received the National Medical Foundation’s “Innovation in Medical Education” award.

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Gathering to plan the Oct. 5 Preventive Medicine Lecture at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) are committee members, seated from left: Brandi Woo, second-year medical student and president, Preventive Medicine Lecture Student Interest Group, Geisinger Commonwealth; Sonia Planey, PhD, chair of the Preventive Medicine Lecture committee, interim associate dean for research and associate professor of biochemistry, Geisinger Commonwealth; Robert W. Naismith, PhD, founder, Preventive Medicine Lecture Series; and Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, president and CEO of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and The Wright Center Medical Group. Standing: Jean Hayes, RN; Samir Pancholy, MD; Stan Dudrick, MD, professor of surgery, Geisinger Commonwealth; and Mushfiq Tarafder, PhD, MPH, MBBS, director of preventive health and community studies, associate professor of epidemiology, Geisinger Commonwealth. The School of Medicine will host Kim Allan Williams, MD, past president of the American College of Cardiology and James B. Herrick professor and chief, Division of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, who will deliver his talk, “Taking the ‘Die’ out of Diet,” on Thursday, Oct. 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Geisinger Commonwealth’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street Scranton. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. For more information or to register, email events@tcmc.edu, visit tcmc.edu/preventivemed or call 570-504-9685.

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