Dr. Kelly Williamson is the associate program director for the ophthalmology residency program. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Drexel Medicine, and provides direct supervision and teaching of residents and medical students. Dr. Williamson offers a wide range of ophthalmic services including cataract surgery, cornea and external disease, comprehensive eye care, treatment of red eyes, conjunctivitis and glaucoma.
Tell us a little bit about yourself before medical school.
I grew up moving around a lot and spent middle and high school overseas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I had the opportunity to travel to 24 countries on family and school trips during this time. I then attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where I was a member of the Notre Dame Marching Band.
Why did you choose ophthalmology?
The eye is such an interesting and beautiful organ, and it really is a window to the workings of the body since several diseases may manifest in the eye before they cause systemic symptoms. I also like the long-lasting relationships you can develop with patients in this field. Finally, eye surgery is precise, challenging and can provide a significant positive impact on a patient's life.
What is your typical work day like?
I spend most days seeing patients in clinic, which is usually a mix of routine examinations, pre-surgical evaluations and minor office procedures. I operate one day per week.
What are some conditions you treat?
I am a comprehensive ophthalmologist, so most of my practice involves the diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye disease, macular degeneration, and some eyelid conditions, but I see a wide variety of eye diseases every day. I also prescribe glasses, evaluate patients for candidacy for refractive surgery (such as LASIK), and perform in-office procedures such as laser surgeries and minor eyelid surgeries. My surgical practice is primarily focused on cataract surgery, and I train residents on how to perform cataract surgery.
What are some of your interests outside of work?
I love cooking and home decorating, and I have two young sons and a dog who keep me busy!
Why did you choose to work for Drexel Medicine?
I trained at Drexel in residency, so I felt it was an opportunity for me to give back by staying on to teach residents here. I serve as Associate Program Director for the ophthalmology residency program and I advise Drexel medical students who are interested in ophthalmology as a career, so I have kept teaching as a major part of my work.