“I take pride in providing high-quality, individualized care for my patients. I enjoy getting to know my patients and looking beyond the obvious to help them find answers. I consistently advocate for my patients in terms of their general health and preventive care. ”
Our hands and upper extremities shape almost every aspect of our lives—from the way we care for ourselves to how we earn a living. Dr. Heather Williams' clinical focus is the treatment of the hand, wrist and elbow, and she understands the importance of how her patients use their hands.
She specializes in fracture care, steroid injections and surgical intervention. Whether a patient is suffering from trigger finger, arthritis, carpal tunnel or more—Dr. Williams provides expert treatments to get her patients back to the active lifestyles they love.
Dr. Williams is a graduate of Indiana University Medical School and completed her fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery at the University of Miami. She is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Williams speaks Spanish fluently and is proud to have cared for the veterans of Indiana.
"My grandfather was a family practice physician in Miami, Fla. for 40 years, and as a child, I would go with him to his office and on rounds with him at the hospital. By the age of five or six I knew I wanted to be a physician, too.
I grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind. where I competed in gymnastics. This sport is known to cause a lot of orthopedic injuries, so I spent a fair amount of time in orthopedics offices. I got familiar with the surgeons in Fort Wayne and started to become interested in the profession.
Once I was in medical school, I did a rotation in surgery—and I loved it. My next rotation was in orthopedics, where I got to watch a total hip replacement. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and I was sold. When it came time to pick my fellowship, I was drawn to upper extremity because of the diverse range of patients we see. I treat every age, from young children to elderly adults. With hands, there are so many new implants and techniques for surgery. It is an exciting specialty to be in.
I think one of my favorite parts about being a physician is learning about all the lines of work my patients do. Are they lifting heavy things? Driving for long periods of time? Sewing? My patients have changed the way I see the world, and I’ve had the privilege of learning about so many different occupations, passions and hobbies because of them. It makes me appreciate the diversity we have as a community and the way patients use their hands and talents.” ––Heather Williams, MD