Pediatric Surgery


Regan Williams, M.D.

Faculty photo

Dr. Regan Williams graduated Summa Cum Laude from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. After graduating with a double major in Biology and Chemistry, she went on to study medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Memphis became her home, and she completed her graduate education earning her medical degree, completing her general surgical residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Following her fellowship training, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

During her residency, Dr. Williams received extra training in basic science research focusing on angiogenesis inhibition in solid tumors at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. She was also active in clinical research projects centered on traumatic injuries and appendicitis. She is currently a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Pediatrics, a Member of the Tennessee Medical Association, Memphis Medical Society, Association of Women Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Association of Academic Surgeons.

At Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Dr. Williams directs the Burn program and the Vascular Anomalies program. She is completing a Master's of Science degree in Epidemiology and plans to focus her research efforts on developing evidence based guidelines for the treatment of pediatric trauma and surgical disease. She is board certified in general and pediatric surgery and has published 30 peer-reviewed articles.

University and Hospital Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics

Medical School

  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Post Graduate Training

  • Residency: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Pediatric Surgery Fellowship University of Tennessee, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN

Various Publications

  • Savoie KB, Beazley TM, Cleveland B, Khaneki S, Markel TA, Hammer PM, Savage S, Williams RF. The utility of presacral drainage in penetrating rectal injuries in adult and pediatric patients. J Surg Res. 2017 Nov;219:279-287. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2017.05.056. Epub 2017 Jul 7. PubMed PMID: 29078894.
  • Xydas S, Mihos CG, Williams RF, LaPietra A, Mawad M, Wittels SH, Santana O. Hybrid repair of aortic arch aneurysms: a comprehensive review. J Thorac Dis. 2017 Jun;9(Suppl 7):S629-S634. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.06.47. Review. PubMed PMID: 28740717; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5505941.
  • Santana O, Xydas S, Williams RF, Wittels SH, Yucel E, Mihos CG. Minimally invasive valve surgery in high-risk patients. J Thorac Dis. 2017 Jun;9(Suppl 7):S614-S623. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.03.83. Review. PubMed PMID: 28740715; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5505934.
  • Santana O, Xydas S, Williams RF, La Pietra A, Mawad M, Behrens V, Escolar E, Mihos CG. Aortic valve replacement in patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction ≤35% performed via a minimally invasive right thoracotomy. J Thorac Dis. 2017 Jun;9(Suppl 7):S607-S613. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.06.32. PubMed PMID: 28740714; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5505940.
  • Santana O, Xydas S, Williams RF, LaPietra A, Mawad M, Hasty F, Escolar E, Mihos CG. Outcomes of minimally invasive double valve surgery. J Thorac Dis. 2017 Jun;9(Suppl 7):S602-S606. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.05.62. PubMed PMID: 28740713; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5505939.
  • Santana O, Xydas S, Williams RF, Mawad M, Heimowitz TB, Pineda AM, Goldman HS, Mihos CG. Hybrid approach of percutaneous coronary intervention followed by minimally invasive mitral valve surgery: a 5-year single-center experience. J Thorac Dis. 2017 Jun;9(Suppl 7):S595-S601. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.06.29. PubMed PMID: 28740712; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5505936.

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Board Certifications and Certificates

  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN

Dr. Williams enjoys live music and being with her family. She, and her husband Blake Williams, enjoy spending time with their three children.