Brie Williams, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine, Geriatrician, SFVAMC, Director, Amend, and Director, the Criminal Justice & Health Program at UCSF

Dr. Brie Williams is a Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics, Director of Amend and Director of the Criminal Justice & Health Program at UCSF.

Research and Academic Focus
Dr. Williams' works focuses on bringing the science of geriatrics and palliative care to criminal justice reform. She collaborates with colleagues from diverse disciplines (including criminal justice, public safety and the law) to conduct impact-oriented research and education.
Dr. Williams' clinical research has called for improved responses to disability, cognitive impairment, and symptom distress in older or seriously ill prisoners; a more scientific development of compassionate release policies; and a broader inclusion of prisoners in national health datasets and in clinical research. She has developed new methods for responding to the unique health needs of criminal justice-involved older adults — including an evidence-based approach to reforming compassionate release policies and the design of a new tool to assess physical functioning in older prisoners.

Dr. Williams served as a member of the Workshop on Incarceration and Health sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Her research has been supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Brookdale Foundation, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the National Institute on Aging, the UC Office of the President and the Cambia Foundation.

Program Development and Consultation
Dr. Williams is the Founding Director of the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, a UC-wide community of over 120 faculty and graduate students spanning more than 20 academic departments which brings evidence-based healthcare solutions to criminal justice reform.
She directs the Criminal Justice Aging Project, which develops and delivers geriatrics and palliative care training to criminal justice professionals including police, correctional officers, judges, attorneys, and healthcare providers. Dr. Williams also runs the European-U.S. Criminal Justice Innovation Program, an immersion program that introduces U.S. prison and government officials to health-oriented criminal justice systems throughout Europe.

Dr. Williams has served as a consultant for jails, prisons and legal organizations nationwide, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the National ACLU. She has served as an expert witness in several lawsuits related to the physical health effects of solitary confinement. In 2016, Dr. Williams provided expert testimony to the US Sentencing Commission on proposed changes to Compassionate Release policies.
Education
Residency, - School of Medicine - Primary Care, University of California, San Francisco