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Dr. Jessica N. Williams

Dr. Jessica N Williams, MD, MPH

Dr. Jessica Williams is a practicing rheumatologist at Grady, Georgia, where she supervises Emory rheumatology fellows in both the clinic and inpatient consult setting.

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Emory University School of Medicine. She is passionate about clinical research to advance care for patients living with lupus, focusing on diverse and underserved patient populations. Her recent publications have focused on increasing diversity in lupus clinical trials, racial disparities in contraception care among reproductive-age women with lupus, and the use of an integrated care management program to uncover social determinants of health needs among patients with lupus.

Dr. Williams is a native of Auburn, Alabama, and a graduate of Auburn University (BS, 2010), Emory University School of Medicine (MD, 2015), Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (MPH in Epidemiology, 2015), Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Internal Medicine Residency (2018), and Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Rheumatology Fellowship (2021).


  • Rheumatology

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Internal Medicine


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Honors & Awards

Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Award (2021-2023)

Brigham and Women's Hospital Health Equity Innovation Program Award (2019-2021)

Nursing Appreciation Award, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare (2018)

Medical and Pediatric Resident Research Award, Rheumatology Research Foundation (2017)


Williams JN, Taber K, Huang W, Collins J, Cunningham R, McLaughlin K, Vogeli C, Wichmann L, Feldman CH. The impact of an integrated care management program on acute care use and outpatient appointment attendance among high-risk patients with lupus. ACR Open Rheumatol 2022; Online ahead of print.

Sneed RS, Mason M, Williams JN, Sinnette C, Taber K, Mancera-Cuevas K, Curry G, Canessa P, Ramsey-Goldman R, Feldman CH. Using critical race theory to understand trial participation among Black individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus: a qualitative study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2021; 73:1387-95.

Taber KA, Williams JN, Huang W, McLaughlin K, Vogeli C, Cunningham R, Wichmann L, Feldman CH. Use of an integrated care management program to uncover and address social determinants of health for individuals with lupus. ACR Open Rheumatol 2021; 3:305-11.

Williams JN, Dallra M, Lim SS, Feldman CH, Arntsen KA, Blazer AD, Goode T, Merrill JT, Sheikh S, Stevens AM, Lipsky PE, Costenbader KH. Increasing ancestral diversity in systemic lupus erythematosus clinical studies. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2020; Online ahead of print.

Williams JN, Ford CL, Morse M, Feldman CH. Racial disparities in rheumatology through the lens of critical race theory. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 2020; 46:605-12.

Cui J, Raychaudhuri S, Karlson EW, Speyer C, Malspeis S, Guan H, Sparks JA, Ni H, Liu X, Stevens E, Williams JN, Davenport EE, Knevel R, Costenbader KH. Interactions between genome-wide genetic factors and smoking influencing risk of systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheumatol 2020; 72:1863-71.

Williams JN, Xu C, Costenbader KH, Bermas BL, Pace LE, Feldman CH. Racial differences in contraception encounters and dispensing among female Medicaid beneficiaries with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2021; 73:1396-1404.

Feldman CH, Xu C, Williams J, Collins JE, Costenbader KH. Patterns and predictors of recurrent acute care use among Medicaid beneficiaries with systemic lupus erythematosus. Semin Arthritis Rheum 2020; 50:1428-36.

Lima K, Phillip CR, Williams J, Peterson J, Feldman CH, Ramsey-Goldman R. Factors associated with participation in rheumatic disease-related research among underrepresented populations: a qualitative systematic review. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2020; 72:1481-9.

Williams JN, Speyer CB, Kreps DJ, Kimbrough DJ, Costenbader K, Bhattacharyya S. Spinal cord syndromes in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: differentiating lupus myelitis, neuromyelitis optica, and multiple sclerosis. Lupus 2019; 28:1656-62.

Eberly LA, Richterman A, Beckett AG, Wispelwey B, Marsh RH, Cleveland Manchanda EC, Chang CY, Glynn RJ, Brooks KC, Boxer R, Kakoza R, Goldsmith J, Loscalzo J, Morse M, Lewis EF, Abel S, Adams A, Anaya J, Andrews EH, Atkinson B, Avutu V, Bachorik A, Badri O, Bailey M, Baird K, Bakshi S, Balaban D, Barshop K, Baumrin E, Bayomy O, Beamesderfer J, Becker N, Berg DD, Berman AN, Blum SM, Boardman AP, Boden K, Bonacci RA, Brown S, Campbell K, Case S, Cetrone E, Charrow A, Chiang D, Clark D, Cohen AJ, Cooper A, Cordova T, Cuneo CN, de Feria AA, Deffenbacher K, DeFilippis EM, DeGregorio G, Deutsch AJ, Diephuis B, Divakaran S, Dorschner P, Downing N, Drescher C, D'Silva KM, Dunbar P, Duong D, Earp S, Eckhardt C, Elman SA, England R, Everett K, Fedotova N, Feingold-Link T, Ferreira M, Fisher H, Foo P, Foote M, Franco I, Gilliland T, Greb J, Greco K, Grewal S, Grin B, Growdon ME, Guercio B, Hahn CK, Hasselfeld B, Haydu EJ, Hermes Z, Hildick-Smith G, Holcomb Z, Holroyd K, Horton L, Huang G, Jablonski S, Jacobs D, Jain N, Japa S, Joseph R, Kalashnikova M, Kalwani N, Kang D, Karan A, Katz JT, Kellner D, Kidia K, Kim JH, Knowles SM, Kolbe L, Kore I, Koullias Y, Kuye I, Lang J, Lawlor M, Lechner MG, Lee K, Lee S, Lee Z, Limaye N, Lin-Beckford S, Lipsyc M, Little J, Loewenthal J, Logaraj R, Lopez DM, Loriaux D, Lu Y, Ma K, Marukian N, Matias W, Mayers JR, McConnell I, McLaughlin M, Meade C, Meador C, Mehta A, Messenger E, Michaelidis C, Mirsky J, Mitten E, Mueller A, Mullur J, Munir A, Murphy E, Nagami E, Natarajan A, Nsahlai M, Nze C, Okwara N, Olds P, Paez R, Pardo M, Patel S, Petersen A, Phelan L, Pimenta E, Pipilas D, Plovanich M, Pong D, Powers BW, Rao A, Ramirez Batlle H, Ramsis M, Reichardt A, Reiger S, Rengarajan M, Rico S, Rome BN, Rosales R, Rotenstein L, Roy A, Royston S, Rozansky H, Rudder M, Ryan CE, Salgado S, Sanchez P, Schulte J, Sekar A, Semenkovich N, Shannon E, Shaw N, Shorten AB, Shrauner W, Sinnenberg L, Smithy JW, Snyder G, Sreekrishnan A, Stabenau H, Stavrou E, Stergachis A, Stern R, Stone A, Tabrizi S, Tanyos S, Thomas C, Thun H, Torres-Lockhart K, Tran A, Treasure C, Tsai FD, Tsaur S, Tschirhart E, Tuwatananurak J, Venkateswaran RV, Vishnevetsky A, Wahl L, Wall A, Wallace F, Walsh E, Wang P, Ward HB, Warner LN, Weeks LD, Weiskopf K, Wengrod J, Williams JN, Winkler M, Wong JL, Worster D, Wright A, Wunsch C, Wynter JS, Yarbrough C, Yau WY, Yazdi D, Yeh J, Yialamas MA, Yozamp N, Zambrotta M, Zon R. Identification of racial inequities in access to specialized inpatient heart failure care at an academic medical center. Circ Heart Fail 2019; 12:e006214.

Joyce AA, Williams J, Shi J, Mandell JC, Isaac Z, Ermann J. Atlanto-axial pannus in patients with and without rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 2019; 46:1431-7.

Williams JN, Chang SC, Sinnette C, Malspeis S, Parks CG, Karlson EW, Fraser P, Costenbader K. Pesticide exposure and risk of systemic lupus erythematosus in an urban population of predominantly African-American women. Lupus 2018; 27:2129-34.

Rai A, Nastoupil LJ, Williams JN, Lipscomb J, Ward KC, Lee D, Flowers CR. Patterns of use and survival outcomes of positron emission tomography for initial staging in elderly follicular lymphoma patients. Leuk Lymphoma 2017; 58:1570-80.

Bulka C, Nastoupil LJ, Koff JL, Bernal-Mizrachi L, Ward KC, Williams JN, Bayakly AR, Switchenko JM, Waller LA, Flowers CR. Relations between residential proximity to EPA-designated toxic release sites and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma incidence. South Med J 2016; 109:606-14.

Glass S, Phan A, Williams JN, Flowers CR, Koff JL. Integrating understanding of epidemiology and genomics in B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a pathway to novel management strategies. Discov Med 2016; 21:181-8.

Williams JN, Koff JL, Flowers CR. Reply to treatment decisions and outcome in very elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Cancer 2015; 121:3748.

Koff JL, Chihara D, Phan A, Nastoupil LJ, Williams JN, Flowers CR. To each its own: linking the biology and epidemiology of NHL subtypes. Curr Hematol Malig Rep 2015; 10:244-55.

Williams JN, Rai A, Flowers CR. Reply to age-related differences in quality of life among patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Cancer 2015; 121:2858-9.

Chihara D, Nastoupil LJ, Williams JN, Lee P, Koff JL, Flowers CR. New insights into the epidemiology of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and implications for therapy. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2015; 15:531-44.

Williams JN, Rai A, Lipscomb J, Koff JL, Nastoupil LJ, Flowers CR. Disease characteristics, patterns of care, and survival in very elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Cancer 2015; 121:1800-8.

Read JA, Koff JL, Nastoupil LJ, Williams JN, Cohen JB, Flowers CR. Evaluating cell-of-origin subtype methods for predicting diffuse large B-cell lymphoma survival: A meta-analysis of gene expression profiling and immunohistochemistry algorithms. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk 2014; 14:460-7.

Tao Y-X, Huang H, Wang Z-Q, Yang F, Williams JN, Nikiforovich GV. Constitutive activity of neural melanocortin receptors. Methods Enzymol 2010; 484:267-79.