About Theresa Williamson, MD

Theresa Williamson, MD, is a neurosurgeon who cares for people with all types of spine disorders as well as brain and spinal trauma.  This includes patients with degenerative spine disease, traumatic injuries, scoliosis and spine deformities, and spine tumors and metastases.  Her expertise includes tailoring an approach to best fit the patient and their disease including using minimally invasive techniques. 


Dr. Williamson comes to MGH from Duke University.  At Duke, she completed a neurosurgery residency.  She then completed an intramural fellowship at Duke as part of the combined neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery complex spine fellowship approved by the Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST).  Her clinical skills were recognized when she was named the Resident Clinician of the Year (2017) and her leadership skills were recognized with the Leadership Award (2020).



Departments, Centers, & Programs:



Neurosurgery, MGH
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-8583
Phone: 617-643-5687
Fax: 617-643-0669

Medical Education

  • MD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Residency, Duke University

Accepted Insurance Plans

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Dr. Williamson’s research interests are in how patients and doctors can best communicate and make decisions about surgery.  She completed an American College of Surgeons/University of Chicago MacLean Fellowship in Surgical Ethics and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard Chan School.  Dr. Williamson is a member of the faculty at the Harvard Center for Bioethics.  Her research and writing have been published in JAMA Surgery, the New England Journal of Medicine, Doximity, and Oprah Magazine.