Hematology/Oncology Calendar of Events

Welcome Dr. Nikolaos Papadantonakis

We are very pleased to welcome Nikolaos Papadantonakis, MD, PhD, who joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine on August 1, 2016.

Dr. Papadantonakis specializes in the care of patients with hematological malignancies. He comes to UAB from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.  Originally from Greece, Dr. Papadantonakis attended medical school at the University of Crete Medical School, Greece. He received his PhD from the University of Crete, based on work performed at the Boston University School of Medicine, where he studied mechanisms of myelofibrosis. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Oncology and Hematology at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Papadantonakis’ primary research interest is in conducting clinical translational investigations in collaboration with laboratory scientists. Recent research projects have included the study of extracellular vesicles as prognostic markers in Glioblastoma Multiforme patients, the role of post-treatment imaging in patients diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and risk factors and potential associations for thrombosis in Myelodysplastic Syndrome patients.

Welcome Dr. Grant Williams


We are very pleased to welcome Grant R. Williams, MD, who joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine and as a member of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship on August 1, 2016. Dr. Williams is interested in clinical and translational research at the intersection of oncology and geriatrics, and he will have a joint appointment in the Division of Geriatrics.

Dr. Williams comes to UAB from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he held the position of Clinical Instructor in Medicine. Dr. Williams attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency and dual fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Medical Oncology, in the ABIM research pathway, at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Williams’ research is focused on refining treatment selection and improving the outcomes of older adults with cancer.  He is specifically interested in optimizing cancer treatments for older cancer patients through a combination of clinical trials designed to better understand markers of functional aging, interventional trials that focus on improving treatment outcomes, and improved understanding of treatment preferences and decision-making in older adults with cancer. He is the recipient of a John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Scholarship and a Paul Calabresi Oncology K12 grant. Dr. Williams’ clinical practice will be directed towards providing care to patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. He also has a specific interest in clinical education including training oncology fellows in the principles of geriatric medicine.

Please join us in giving Drs. Papadantonakis and Williams a warm welcome to UAB and Birmingham!