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Arthur Williams, MD, General Surgery, Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center


General Surgery Cincinnati, OH

Division Director General Surgery,Veterans Affairs and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine-Affiliated

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  • I am a board certified general surgeon with an interest in robotic surgery as well as vascular access surgery for the VA health system. I also enjoy writing about surgery and medicine.
  • Ode to a little bile bag

    Surgery to remove the gallbladder is a relatively late intervention. The first laparotomy was performed in 1807 in Danville, Kentucky, and surgeons like

    An operative field of dreams

    I am in a select crowd. I have been fortunate enough to help some special people in their time of pain and heartache and bewilderment, facing operation or cance

    French Lessons: An alumnus draws solace from what he learned at Vanderbilt

    By Dr. Arthur Williams, BA'90 When I was a child, we summered in Paris. We lounged on the left bank, not of the Seine, but of the Big Sandy, because this was no

    A call schedule to fix the Supreme Court

    Though pushed to the back-burner by the never-ending orange election drama, the Supreme Court, with its significant conservative majority earned against the run

    Inside the mind of the surgeon writer [PODCAST]

    Explore why this general surgeon wrote a novel, and how writing helps with the stresses that accompany a surgery career. What is his #1 tip for those interested

    The Surgeon’s Obol

    A novel about the rigors of surgical training through the eyes of a young intern, hoping to prove herself worthy of those that have “crossed over” before her.

    The similarities between surgeons and bomber pilots

    The patient I was certain I had screwed up on, is going home, with only an inconsequential bit of collateral damage, his bile leak controlled, just a trickle fr

    What I Did with My Chainsaw Outside the OR

    "Two thousand dollars!?" I sputtered. "To cut down one tree?" "Next month?" "Never mind. I'll do it myself," I blurted and hung up the phone. It's not like I wa

    How a Fistula is Like a Marriage

    An ode to the seemingly mundane AV Fistula

    Excerpt from 'The Surgeon's Obol': A Look into the First Year of Surgical Intern

    This is part of the Medical Humanities Series on Op-Med, which showcases creative work by our members. A digested excerpt from a work I wrote a few years ago.

    The impact of technology on medicine

    A thought experiment on where we are headed in surgery.

Education & Training

  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine
    University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of MedicineResidency, Surgery, 1994 - 2001
  • Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
    Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical CenterClass of 1994

Certifications & Licensure

  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 1996 - 2025
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Publications & Presentations


Authored Content

  • Ode to a little bile bagOctober 2021
  • An Operative Field of DreamsMarch 2021
  • What I Did with My Chainsaw Outside the ORAugust 2019
  • What I Did with My Chainsaw Outside the ORAugust 2019
  • How a Fistula is Like a MarriageApril 2019
  • How a Fistula Is like a MarriageApril 2019
  • A Broken HeartApril 2019
  • Surgeon Replaced?March 2019
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