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Roberta G. Williams, MD
Professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics
Interim Vice President For Academic Affairs, CHLA
CHL B4-14 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 2303


Dr. Williams was a pioneer in the field of echocardiography, beginning in 1973. She developed the initial clinical correlations with echo findings that formed the bases of non-invasive diagnosis of a wide variety of cardiac anomalies. She established the accuracy of diagnosis that allowed echo to supplant cardiac catheterization prior to surgical correction for many types of defects. These observations changed management of congenital heart disease around the world. She was one of the few world-wide leaders who advanced the development of Doppler and fetal echocardiography. More recently, her research interests have focused on clinical outcomes of medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease, and physician workforce needs and lifetime healthcare for patients with chronic childhood diseases.


Williams RG. Late Causes of Death After Congenital Heart Defects: A Population-Based Study From Finland. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Aug 2; 68(5):499-501. View in: PubMed

Williams RG. Increased Survival of Congenital Heart Disease: How Did We Get Here and Now What? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015 Jul 7; 66(1):45-6. View in: PubMed

Williams RG. Transitioning Youth with Congenital Heart Disease from Pediatric to Adult Health Care. J Pediatr. 2015 Jan; 166(1):15-9. View in: PubMed

Williams RG, Pearson GD, Barst RJ, Child JS, del Nido P, Gersony WM, Kuehl KS, Landzberg MJ, Myerson M, Neish SR, Sahn DJ, Verstappen A, Warnes CA, Webb CL. Report of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Working Group on research in adult congenital heart disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Feb 21; 47(4):701-7. View in: PubMed

Shi W, Chen H, Sun J, Buckley S, Zhao J, Anderson KD, Williams RG, Warburton D. TACE is required for fetal murine cardiac development and modeling. Dev Biol. 2003 Sep 15; 261(2):371-80. View in: PubMed

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