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Prof David Williams
Medical School Building
74 Huntley Street
Tel: 020 7679 6948
Fax: 020 3108 2038
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  • Professor of Obstetric Medicine
  • Maternal & Fetal Medicine
  • UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

David Williams is a Consultant Obstetric Physician at The Institute for Women’s Health, University College London Hospital and Honorary Professor of Obstetric Medicine at UCL. He initially trained in general medicine and renal medicine. He now runs multi-disciplinary clinics at UCLH to provide a comprehensive medical service to women with acute or chronic medical disorders who are planning pregnancy, who are pregnant or who have had an adverse pregnancy outcome. 

David was chairman of the NICE guideline on Intra-partum Care of women with medical disorders in pregnancy. He leads the maternal medicine research group at UCL. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

The maternal medicine research group aims to understand the patho-physiology of gestational syndromes in order to design effective prophylaxis and treatment, to improve pregnancy-outcome and the long term health of mother and baby. In particular, we investigate the metabolic, vascular and immune changes in pregnancy and how they are altered before the onset of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and acute fatty liver of pregnancy.

We use in vivo methods to study maternal vascular reactivity, metabolic response to fasting and exercise and immune profiling.

In collaboration with QMUL we are investigating the influence of paternal phenotype on fetal growth through the inter-generational inheritance of epigenetic marks.

In collaboration with Birmingham and Aston Universities we are investigating whether statins can ameliorate early-onset pre-eclampsia.

Teaching Summary

David Williams leads an annual MSc on Pregnancy and Childbirth at The Institute for Women's Health and a 3-day course on Medical Disorders in Pregnancy at The Royal College of Physicians. 

He currently supervises 3 PhD students and is a preceptor for maternal medicine at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

Academic Background
2006   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2003   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1987   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1984   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery London Hospital Medical College
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