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Kevin Jon Williams, MD


Kevin Jon Williams, MD


Section Chief, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Professor, Medicine

Professor, Physiology

Professor, Cardiovascular Research Center

Telephone:  215-707-4746

FAX: 215-707-5599

Email:  kjwilliams@temple.edu


Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Department of Physiology

Cardiovascular Research Center


Educational Background:


MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1980


Residency,  Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 1983


Fellowship, Clinical Endocrinology, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 1984


Fellowship, Metabolism, Columbia University, New York City, NY, 1985

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clinical Interests:

  • Lipid and lipoprotein abnormalities, particularly in insulin resistence and type 2 diabetes
  • Cause, prevention and reversal of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

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research Interests:


An avid researcher with many published works to his credit, Dr. Williams has performed groundbreaking studies in the area of lipoproteins and atherosclerosis. He is the principal investigator on several NIH-funded projects and holds 11 patents issued since 1998. Dr. Williams has served as an ad hoc reviewer for many journals, and is currently a consulting editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Additionally, he serves on the editorial board of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (an American Heart Association journal) and Rambam (Maimonides) Medical Journal.


His research in atherosclerosis and diabetes encompasses the following areas:


  • Widely accepted work on the origin of atherosclerosis, focusing on the retention of LDL and related lipoproteins within arterial walls and the subsequent development of plaque, plaque ruptures and clot formation. Williams’s work has provided a basis for a new unity among basic research, epidemiologic, pharmacologic and clinical approaches to cardiovascular disease, the leading killer worldwide.
  • The inability of the liver in patients with diabetes to rapidly and safely dispose of postprandial triglyceride-rich remnant lipoproteins. The result is diabetic dyslipidemia, a substantial factor in elevating atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Williams’s laboratory is currently exploring corrective strategies.
  • The essential, but previously unsuspected, role that particular proteins play in the insulin-signaling cascade. The Williams laboratory reported his initial, novel findings in June 2009 at the American Diabetes Association’s annual scientific sessions.

Explaining his research focus, Williams says, “Atherosclerosis kills about 50 percent of the people living in Western societies, and about 80 percent of people with diabetes will suffer from cardiovascular events. As more of the world adopts Western lifestyles, these problems are growing in both the U.S. and worldwide, and both of these common diseases hit the population Temple serves particularly hard.”


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board certification(s):

Internal Medicine

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professional affiliations:

  • Fellow, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology of the American Heart Association
  • Past-president and member of the New York Lipid and Vascular Biology Research Club
  • Member, Philadelphia Lipid Research Club

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26541678. Williams KJ, Tabas I, Fisher EA, How an Artery Heals. Circ Res 117:11(909-13)2015 Nov 6

26516641. Siraj ES, Williams KJ, Liraglutide in Weight Management. N Engl J Med 373:18(1782)2015 Oct 29

26508589. Armitage EG, Kotze HL, Allwood JW, Dunn WB, Goodacre R, Williams KJ, Metabolic profiling reveals potential metabolic markers associated with Hypoxia Inducible Factor-mediated signalling in hypoxic cancer cells. Sci Rep 5:(15649)2015 Oct 28

26422658. Folkesson M, Li C, Frebelius S, Swedenborg J, Wågsäter D, Williams KJ, Eriksson P, Roy J, Liu ML, Proteolytically active ADAM10 and ADAM17 carried on membrane microvesicles in human abdominal aortic aneurysms. Thromb Haemost 114:6(1165-74)2015 Nov 25

26377647. Fader KA, Nault R, Ammendolia DA, Harkema JR, Williams KJ, Crawford RB, Kaminski NE, Potter D, Sharratt B, Zacharewski TR, 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin Alters Lipid Metabolism and Depletes Immune Cell Populations in the Jejunum of C57BL/6 Mice. Toxicol Sci 148:2(567-80)2015 Dec

26367895. Hu Y, Carruthers TF, Menyuk CR, Hutchinson MN, Urick VJ, Williams KJ, Simulation of a partially depleted absorber (PDA) photodetector. Opt Express 23:16(20402-17)2015 Aug 10

26289955. Buesing C, Fisch G, O'Donnell M, Shahidi I, Thomas L, Mummidisetty CK, Williams KJ, Takahashi H, Rymer WZ, Jayaraman A, Effects of a wearable exoskeleton stride management assist system (SMA®) on spatiotemporal gait characteristics in individuals after stroke: a randomized controlled trial. J Neuroeng Rehabil 12:(69)2015 Aug 20

26132945. Siraj ES, Williams KJ, Another Agent for Obesity--Will This Time Be Different? N Engl J Med 373:1(82-3)2015 Jul 2

26112891. Gieling RG, Fitzmaurice RJ, Telfer BA, Babur M, Williams KJ, Dissemination via the lymphatic or angiogenic route impacts the pathology, microenvironment and hypoxia-related drug response of lung metastases. Clin Exp Metastasis 32:6(567-77)2015 Aug

26079913. Cooper Z, Goel N, Gutnik L, Reznor G, Lilley E, Williams KJ, Salim A, Kelly E, Zinner MJ, How Many Midnights?: Admission Status for Elders With Small Bowel Obstruction. Ann Surg 262:6(904-6)2015 Dec

26077160. Williams KJ, Jenkins VA, Barton GR, Bryant WA, Krishnan N, Robertson BD, Deciphering the metabolic response of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to nitrogen stress. Mol Microbiol 97:6(1142-57)2015 Sep

26075006. Li M, Li C, Liu Y, Chen Y, Wu X, Yu D, Werth VP, Williams KJ, Liu ML, Decreased secretion of adiponectin through its intracellular accumulation in adipose tissue during tobacco smoke exposure. Nutr Metab (Lond) 12:(15)2015

25957966. Fernando L, Qiu X, Melito PL, Williams KJ, Feldmann F, Feldmann H, Jones SM, Alimonti JB, Immune Response to Marburg Virus Angola Infection in Nonhuman Primates. J Infect Dis 212 Suppl 2:(S234-41)2015 Oct 1

25957314. Uhía I, Williams KJ, Shahrezaei V, Robertson BD, Mycobacterial Growth. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med 5:10()2015 May 8

25836386. Williams KJ, Ward MP, Dhungyel OP, Longitudinal study of Escherichia coli O157 shedding and super shedding in dairy heifers. J Food Prot 78:4(636-42)2015 Apr

25774628. Haug WB, Spratford W, Williams KJ, Chapman DW, Drinkwater EJ, Differences in End Range of Motion Vertical Jump Kinetic and Kinematic Strategies Between Trained Weightlifters and Elite Short Track Speed Skaters. J Strength Cond Res 29:9(2488-96)2015 Sep

25712624. Robinson NE, Williams KJ, Stack A, Jackson WF, Derksen FJ, Exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage: A progressive disease affecting performance? Equine Vet J 47:3(339-40)2015 May

25689628. McCrudden CM, O'Rourke MG, Cherry KE, Yuen HF, O'Rourke D, Babur M, Telfer BA, Thomas HD, Keane P, Nambirajan T, Hagan C, O'Sullivan JM, Shaw C, Williams KJ, Curtin NJ, Hirst DG, Robson T, Vasoactivity of rucaparib, a PARP-1 inhibitor, is a complex process that involves myosin light chain kinase, P2 receptors, and PARP itself. PLoS One 10:2(e0118187)2015

25681964. Xie LX, Williams KJ, He CH, Weng E, Khong S, Rose TE, Kwon O, Bensinger SJ, Marbois BN, Clarke CF, Resveratrol and para-coumarate serve as ring precursors for coenzyme Q biosynthesis. J Lipid Res 56:4(909-19)2015 Apr

25514380. Fleming IN, Manavaki R, Blower PJ, West C, Williams KJ, Harris AL, Domarkas J, Lord S, Baldry C, Gilbert FJ, Imaging tumour hypoxia with positron emission tomography. Br J Cancer 112:2(238-50)2015 Jan 20

25494457. Williams KJ, Qiu X, Fernando L, Jones SM, Alimonti JB, VSV?G/EBOV GP-induced innate protection enhances natural killer cell activity to increase survival in a lethal mouse adapted Ebola virus infection. Viral Immunol 28:1(51-61)2015 Feb

25447319. Jeanmaire D, Timco GA, Gennari A, Sproules S, Williams KJ, Winpenny RE, Tirelli N, Binary behaviour of an oxidation-responsive MRI nano contrast agent. Chem Commun (Camb) 51:6(1074-6)2015 Jan 21

25353084. Joshi N, Kopec AK, O'Brien KM, Towery KL, Cline-Fedewa H, Williams KJ, Copple BL, Flick MJ, Luyendyk JP, Coagulation-driven platelet activation reduces cholestatic liver injury and fibrosis in mice. J Thromb Haemost 13:1(57-71)2015 Jan

25347767. Pettersen EO, Ebbesen P, Gieling RG, Williams KJ, Dubois L, Lambin P, Ward C, Meehan J, Kunkler IH, Langdon SP, Ree AH, Flatmark K, Lyng H, Calzada MJ, Peso LD, Landazuri MO, Görlach A, Flamm H, Kieninger J, Urban G, Weltin A, Singleton DC, Haider S, Buffa FM, Harris AL, Scozzafava A, Supuran CT, Moser I, Jobst G, Busk M, Toustrup K, Overgaard J, Alsner J, Pouyssegur J, Chiche J, Mazure N, Marchiq I, Parks S, Ahmed A, Ashcroft M, Pastorekova S, Cao Y, Rouschop KM, Wouters BG, Koritzinsky M, Mujcic H, Cojocari D, Targeting tumour hypoxia to prevent cancer metastasis. From biology, biosensing and technology to drug development: the METOXIA consortium. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem 30:5(689-721)2015

25281618. Bola BM, Chadwick AL, Michopoulos F, Blount KG, Telfer BA, Williams KJ, Smith PD, Critchlow SE, Stratford IJ, Inhibition of monocarboxylate transporter-1 (MCT1) by AZD3965 enhances radiosensitivity by reducing lactate transport. Mol Cancer Ther 13:12(2805-16)2014 Dec

25234098. Williams KJ, Ward MP, Dhungyel OP, Daily variations in Escherichia coli O157 shedding patterns in a cohort of dairy heifers at pasture. Epidemiol Infect 143:7(1388-97)2015 May

25201720. Bryant JL, Meredith SL, Williams KJ, White A, Targeting hypoxia in the treatment of small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer 86:2(126-32)2014 Nov

25131443. Lavorel S, Colloff MJ, McIntyre S, Doherty MD, Murphy HT, Metcalfe DJ, Dunlop M, Williams RJ, Wise RM, Williams KJ, Ecological mechanisms underpinning climate adaptation services. Glob Chang Biol 21:1(12-31)2015 Jan

25128202. Wouters A, Pauwels B, Burrows N, Baay M, Deschoolmeester V, Vu TN, Laukens K, Meijnders P, Van Gestel D, Williams KJ, Van den Weyngaert D, Vermorken JB, Pauwels P, Peeters M, Lardon F, The radiosensitising effect of gemcitabine and its main metabolite dFdU under low oxygen conditions is in vitro not dependent on functional HIF-1 protein. BMC Cancer 14:(594)2014 Aug 16

25093698. Tang T, Thompson JC, Wilson PG, Yoder MH, Müeller J, Fischer JW, Williams KJ, Tannock LR, Biglycan deficiency: increased aortic aneurysm formation and lack of atheroprotection. J Mol Cell Cardiol 75:(174-80)2014 Oct

25064268. Williams KJ, Ward MP, Dhungyel OP, Hall EJ, Van Breda L, A longitudinal study of the prevalence and super-shedding of Escherichia coli O157 in dairy heifers. Vet Microbiol 173:1-2(101-9)2014 Sep 17

24977432. Williams KJ, Ward MP, Dhungyel OP, Hall EJ, Risk factors for Escherichia coli O157 shedding and super-shedding by dairy heifers at pasture. Epidemiol Infect 143:5(1004-15)2015 Apr

24925981. Stack A, Derksen FJ, Williams KJ, Robinson NE, Jackson WF, Lung region and racing affect mechanical properties of equine pulmonary microvasculature. J Appl Physiol (1985) 117:4(370-6)2014 Aug 15

24853520. Williams KJ, Ward MP, Dhungyel O, Van Breda L, Relative sensitivity of Escherichia coli O157 detection from bovine feces and rectoanal mucosal swabs. J Food Prot 77:6(972-6)2014 Jun

24852568. Raveendran VV, Kassel KM, Smith DD, Luyendyk JP, Williams KJ, Cherian R, Reed GA, Flynn CA, Csanaky IL, Lickteig AL, Pratt-Hyatt MJ, Klaassen CD, Dileepan KN, H1-antihistamines exacerbate high-fat diet-induced hepatic steatosis in wild-type but not in apolipoprotein E knockout mice. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 307:2(G219-28)2014 Jul 15

24722790. Williams KJ, Moore HM, Davies AH, Haemodynamic changes with the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation compared to intermittent pneumatic compression. Phlebology 30:5(365-72)2015 Jun

24651811. Boden G, Cheung P, Salehi S, Homko C, Loveland-Jones C, Jayarajan S, Stein TP, Barrero CA, Merali S, Williams KJ, Liu ML, Response to comment on Boden et al. Insulin regulates the unfolded protein response in human adipose tissue. Diabetes 2014;63:912-922. Diabetes 63:4(e2)2014 Apr

24633426. Joshi N, Kopec AK, Towery K, Williams KJ, Luyendyk JP, The antifibrinolytic drug tranexamic acid reduces liver injury and fibrosis in a mouse model of chronic bile duct injury. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 349:3(383-92)2014 Jun

24630609. Williams KJ, Buckley DL, Jones GD, Establishment of the National Cancer Research Institute Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) Biomarker Support Network. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 26:6(356)2014 Jun

24602562. Hammond EM, Asselin MC, Forster D, O'Connor JP, Senra JM, Williams KJ, The meaning, measurement and modification of hypoxia in the laboratory and the clinic. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 26:5(277-88)2014 May

24569614. Williams KJ, Gammaherpesviruses and pulmonary fibrosis: evidence from humans, horses, and rodents. Vet Pathol 51:2(372-84)2014 Mar

24515056. Hutchinson MN, Harmon SR, Urick VJ, Williams KJ, Analysis of magnitude and relative phase of photodiode IMD2 using amplitude matched MZM-distortion cancellation technique. Opt Express 22:1(962-71)2014 Jan 13

24509712. Burrows MT, Schoeman DS, Richardson AJ, Molinos JG, Hoffmann A, Buckley LB, Moore PJ, Brown CJ, Bruno JF, Duarte CM, Halpern BS, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Kappel CV, Kiessling W, O'Connor MI, Pandolfi JM, Parmesan C, Sydeman WJ, Ferrier S, Williams KJ, Poloczanska ES, Geographical limits to species-range shifts are suggested by climate velocity. Nature 507:7493(492-5)2014 Mar 27

24410403. Bassan P, Mellor J, Shapiro J, Williams KJ, Lisanti MP, Gardner P, Transmission FT-IR chemical imaging on glass substrates: applications in infrared spectral histopathology. Anal Chem 86:3(1648-53)2014 Feb 4

24364785. Roman J, Brown KK, Olson A, Corcoran BM, Williams KJ, An official American thoracic society workshop report: comparative pathobiology of fibrosing lung disorders in humans and domestic animals. Ann Am Thorac Soc 10:6(S224-9)2013 Dec

24339435. Hassing HC, Surendran RP, Derudas B, Verrijken A, Francque SM, Mooij HL, Bernelot Moens SJ, Hart LM, Nijpels G, Dekker JM, Williams KJ, Stroes ES, Van Gaal LF, Staels B, Nieuwdorp M, Dallinga-Thie GM, SULF2 strongly prediposes to fasting and postprandial triglycerides in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Obesity (Silver Spring) 22:5(1309-16)2014 May

24290974. Kadirvel M, Fairclough M, Cawthorne C, Rowling EJ, Babur M, McMahon A, Birkket P, Smigova A, Freeman S, Williams KJ, Brown G, Detection of apoptosis by PET/CT with the diethyl ester of [¹8F]ML-10 and fluorescence imaging with a dansyl analogue. Bioorg Med Chem 22:1(341-9)2014 Jan 1

24286369. Eccles SA, Aboagye EO, Ali S, Anderson AS, Armes J, Berditchevski F, Blaydes JP, Brennan K, Brown NJ, Bryant HE, Bundred NJ, Burchell JM, Campbell AM, Carroll JS, Clarke RB, Coles CE, Cook GJ, Cox A, Curtin NJ, Dekker LV, Silva Idos S, Duffy SW, Easton DF, Eccles DM, Edwards DR, Edwards J, Evans D, Fenlon DF, Flanagan JM, Foster C, Gallagher WM, Garcia-Closas M, Gee JM, Gescher AJ, Goh V, Groves AM, Harvey AJ, Harvie M, Hennessy BT, Hiscox S, Holen I, Howell SJ, Howell A, Hubbard G, Hulbert-Williams N, Hunter MS, Jasani B, Jones LJ, Key TJ, Kirwan CC, Kong A, Kunkler IH, Langdon SP, Leach MO, Mann DJ, Marshall JF, Martin L, Martin SG, Macdougall JE, Miles DW, Miller WR, Morris JR, Moss SM, Mullan P, Natrajan R, O'Connor JP, O'Connor R, Palmieri C, Pharoah PD, Rakha EA, Reed E, Robinson SP, Sahai E, Saxton JM, Schmid P, Smalley MJ, Speirs V, Stein R, Stingl J, Streuli CH, Tutt AN, Velikova G, Walker RA, Watson CJ, Williams KJ, Young LS, Thompson AM, Critical research gaps and translational priorities for the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res 15:5(R92)2013 Oct 1

24153255. Kotze HL, Armitage EG, Sharkey KJ, Allwood JW, Dunn WB, Williams KJ, Goodacre R, A novel untargeted metabolomics correlation-based network analysis incorporating human metabolic reconstructions. BMC Syst Biol 7:(107)2013 Oct 23

24147074. Williams KJ, Robinson NE, Lim A, Brandenberger C, Maes R, Behan A, Bolin SR, Experimental induction of pulmonary fibrosis in horses with the gammaherpesvirus equine herpesvirus 5. PLoS One 8:10(e77754)2013

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