UP IN THE AIR: Interview with Dr. Julie Williamson (Preview)

By Vladimir Nekhendzy, M.D.


Our special guest today is Julie Williamson, D.O., FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. Trained at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Williamson joined Stanford faculty in 2008.

Julie is the rotation director for pediatric anesthesia, and has taught pediatric airway management to the residents, critical care fellows, and practicing anesthesiologists both nationally and internationally. She is a lecturer and instructor at the annual Stanford Advanced Airway Management and Fiberoptic Intubation Course.


Dear Julie, welcome! Several months ago you were an invited speaker at the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) National Congress Meeting. Tell us a little bit about the venue.

Julie Williamson. The meeting was held in Port Elizabeth in March 2013, and the conference itself was at the Boardwalk Hotel Conference Center, overlooking the Indian Ocean.  It was as elegant as it was beautiful.


How did you find your way to South Africa?

Julie Williamson. I had the great good fortune to be invited as a member of the Stanford Advanced Airway Management Program (SAAMP) by Dr. David Morrell, Dr. Eric Hodgson and the organizing committee. I spoke on pediatric airways and helped teach a pediatric airway workshop at the meeting.


Figure 1: Dr. Julie Williamson with Dr. Eric Hodgson, South Africa (center) and Drs. Carl Hillermann, U.K. (left) and John Roos,  South Africa (right).

How is SASA different from American conferences?

Julie Williamson. Typically, American conferences and workshops emphasize the newest equipment and drugs, always pushing the envelope of technology. In South Africa resources in most places are limited, and the focus really needed to be on how one solves the problems at hand with the equipment available. Techniques such as using a guidewire...


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