• Medical Oncologist and Geriatrician focused on the management of Gastrointestinal Malignancies.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Arti Hurria and the progress in integrating the geriatric assessment into oncology: Young International Society of Geriatric Oncology review paper 2020
    2020 Embracing the complexity: Older adults with cancer-related cognitive decline—A Young International Society of Geriatric Oncology position paper 2020
    2020 Integrating geriatric assessment into routine gastrointestinal (GI) consultation: The Cancer and Aging Resilience Evaluation (CARE) 2020
    2020 Mentoring pearls of wisdom: Lessons learned by mentees of Arti Hurria, MD 2020
    2020 Race, tumor location, and disease progression among low-risk prostate cancer patients 2020
    2020 Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for the Assessment of Sarcopenia in Patients with Cancer: A Systematic Review 2020
    2020 Partial response to carboplatin, etoposide phosphate, and atezolizumab in a pediatric patient with high-grade metastatic tumor with rhabdoid and focal neuroendocrine features 2020
    2020 Myosteatosis and prognosis in cancer: Systematic review and meta-analysis 2020
    2020 Pain in older survivors of hematologic malignancies after blood or marrow transplantation: A BMTSS report 2020
    2020 Patient-reported cognitive complaints in older adults with gastrointestinal malignancies at diagnosis– Results from the Cancer & Aging Resilience Evaluation (CARE) study 2020
    2020 Perspectives from the Cancer and Aging Research Group: Caring for the vulnerable older patient with cancer and their caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis in the United States 2020
    2020 Simplified frailty assessment tools: are we really capturing frailty or something else? 2020
    2019 Cachexia and sarcopenia in older adults with cancer: A comprehensive review 2019
    2019 The project ENABLE Cornerstone randomized pilot trial: Protocol for lay navigator-led early palliative care for African-American and rural advanced cancer family caregivers 2019
    2019 Healthy lifestyle discussions between healthcare providers and older cancer survivors: Data from 12 cancer centers in the Southeastern United States 2019
    2019 Catalyzing Research to Optimize Cancer Survivors’ Participation in Work and Life Roles 2019
    2019 Muscle composition and outcomes in patients with breast cancer: meta-analysis and systematic review 2019
    2019 An examination of the relationship between patient satisfaction with healthcare and quality of life in a geriatric population with cancer in the Southeastern United States 2019
    2019 Lay navigation across the cancer continuum for older cancer survivors: Equally beneficial for Black and White survivors? 2019
    2019 Medicare and patient spending among beneficiaries diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia 2019
    2019 Disparities in clinical outcomes across age, sex and race among patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma: a single center experience 2019
    2019 Efficacy and tolerability of the combination of Liposomal irinotecan and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin in advanced pancreatic cancers: post-approval clinic experience 2019
    2019 Frailty and health-related quality of life in older women with breast cancer 2019
    2019 Immunotherapy in Older Adults with Cancer 2019
    2019 Neoadjuvant modified FOLFIRINOX or gemcitabine-nab paclitaxel followed by stereotactic body radiotherapy for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer 2019
    2019 Senior Sway: Using a Mobile Application to Measure Fall Risk 2019
    2019 Stereotactic body radiotherapy in locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma: A single institution experience 2019
    2019 ASCO gastrointestinal cancers symposium: Perspectives on older adults with gastrointestinal malignancies 2019
    2019 Geriatric assessment predicts hospitalization frequency and long-term care use in older adult cancer survivors 2019
    2019 Older Adults with Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Occupational and Physical Therapy 2019
    2019 Post-Acute Care among Older Adults with Stage I to III Colorectal Cancer 2019
    2019 Sarcopenia & aging in cancer 2019
    2019 Mental status evaluation in older adults with cancer: Development of the Mental Health Index-13 2019
    2019 Unmet social support needs among older adults with cancer 2019
    2019 Accurate Therapeutic Response Assessment of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Using Quantitative Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging with a Point-of-Care Perfusion Phantom: A Pilot Study 2019
    2019 Bridging the data-free zone: Decision making for older adults with cancer 2019
    2019 Impact of Guideline-Discordant Treatment on Cost and Health Care Utilization in Older Adults with Early-Stage Breast Cancer 2019
    2018 Immune checkpoint inhibitors in the management of malignancies in transplant recipients 2018
    2018 Financial toxicity in adults with cancer: Adverse outcomes and noncompliance 2018
    2018 Moving beyond symptom management towards cancer rehabilitation for older adults: Answering the 5W's 2018
    2018 National characteristics of Emergency Department visits by patients with cancer in the United States 2018
    2018 Letter to the editor: Integrating skeletal muscle mass and radiodensity improves outcome prediction and correlation in oncologic studies 2018
    2018 Beyond sarcopenia: Characterization and integration of skeletal muscle quantity and radiodensity in a curable breast cancer population 2018
    2018 Chemotherapy Toxicity Risk Score for Treatment Decisions in Older Adults with Advanced Solid Tumors 2018
    2018 Patient-Reported Comorbidity and Survival in Older Adults with Cancer 2018
    2018 New-onset cardiovascular morbidity in older adults with stage i to III colorectal cancer 2018
    2018 Geriatric assessment: Precision medicine for older adults with cancer 2018
    2018 Most impactful factors on the health-related quality of life of a geriatric population with cancer 2018
    2018 The impact of skeletal muscle on the pharmacokinetics and toxicity of 5-fluorouracil in colorectal cancer 2018
    2018 Frailty and skeletal muscle in older adults with cancer 2018
    2018 Healthcare utilization, Medicare spending, and sources of patient distress identified during implementation of a lay navigation program for older patients with breast cancer 2018
    2017 Data linkage to improve geriatric oncology research: A feasibility study 2017
    2017 Body composition as a predictor of toxicity in patients receiving anthracycline and taxane-based chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer 2017
    2017 Activities, function, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of older adults with cancer 2017
    2017 Frailty index developed from a cancer-specific geriatric assessment and the association with mortality among older adults with cancer 2017
    2017 The obesity paradox in cancer-moving beyond BMI-response 2017
    2017 Skeletal muscle measures as predictors of toxicity, hospitalization, and survival in patients with metastatic breast cancer receiving taxane-based chemotherapy 2017
    2017 Frailty and inflammatory markers in older adults with cancer 2017
    2017 Skeletal muscle measures and physical function in older adults with cancer: Sarcopenia or myopenia? 2017
    2017 The obesity paradox in cancer-moving beyond BMI 2017
    2016 Comprehensive geriatric assessment-guided therapy does improve outcomes of older patients with advanced lung cancer 2016
    2016 Comorbidity in older adults with cancer 2016
    2016 Geriatric assessment with management in cancer care: Current evidence and potential mechanisms for future research 2016
    2016 Weight gain during adjuvant endocrine treatment for early-stage breast cancer: What is the evidence? 2016
    2016 Cachexia in patients with cancer 2016
    2016 Prognostic value of sarcopenia in adults with solid tumours: A meta-analysis and systematic review 2016
    2016 Occupational therapy for adults with cancer: Why it matters 2016
    2016 Physical activity communication between oncology providers and patients with early-stage breast, colon, or prostate cancer 2016
    2016 Physical activity communication between oncology providers and patients with early stage breast, colon or prostate cancer. 2016
    2016 Adjuvant treatment for older women with invasive breast cancer 2016
    2016 Response to “Body composition analysis via single slice computed tomography analysis — The shortcomings” 2016
    2015 Falls in older adults with cancer: Evaluation by oncology providers 2015
    2015 A randomized controlled trial of outpatient CAncer REhabilitation for older adults: The CARE Program 2015
    2015 Geriatric assessment as an aide to understanding falls in older adults with cancer 2015
    2015 Geriatric assessment of older adults with cancer during unplanned hospitalizations: An opportunity in disguise 2015
    2015 Self-directed physical activity intervention in older adults undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer: Design of a randomized controlled trial 2015
    2015 Geriatric assessment-identified deficits in older cancer patients with normal performance status 2015
    2015 Impact of colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment on health-related quality of life among older Americans: A population-based, case-control study 2015
    2015 Prevalence of sarcopenia in older patients with colorectal cancer 2015
    2014 Effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy on markers of molecular age in patients with breast cancer 2014
    2014 Feasibility of geriatric assessment in community oncology clinics 2014
    2013 Challenges in the treatment of older breast cancer patients 2013
    2012 Treatment of metastatic breast cancer in women aged 65 years and older 2012


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    2018 Physical activity.  287-307. 2018
    2018 Rehabilitation needs of older adults with cancer.  907-916. 2018

    Research Overview

  • My research bridges the fields of geriatrics and oncology and is focused on refining treatment selection and improving the outcomes of older adults with cancer. My research involves the use of geriatric assessment and novel biomarkers, such molecular markers of aging and body composition, to better evaluate functional age and developing interventional clinical trials to improve the tolerance and outcomes of older adults undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, my research explores the pro-aging impact of cancer and its treatments in adults with cancer. My long-term goal is to become an independently-funded physician scientist to address the challenges in caring for the increasing number of older adults with cancer.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Drexel University 2010
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Neuroscience, Tulane University 2006
  • Full Name

  • Grant Williams