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Dunc Williams MHA, PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
College
  • College of Health Professions
Department
  • Healthcare Leadership and Management
Academic Focus
  • Healthcare Financial Management (Finance / Accounting)
  • Telehealth
  • Hospital Finances / Mergers
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Biography

EDUCATION

PhD in Health Policy and Management, Financial Management Minor, August, 2019

University of North Carolina (UNC), Department of Health Policy and Management, Chapel Hill, NC

Dissertation: “Which Rural Hospitals Merge and What Happens to Them?”

Master in Health Administration, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC, 2010

Master of Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC, 2007

BS, magna cum laude, Accounting, University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia, SC, 2005

FACULTY APPOINTMENT

Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions, Department of

Health Care Leadership and Management, July 2018 – present 

Specializing in health care financial management

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director of Specialty Practices and Hospitalists, Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC, 2012-2014

Business Manager, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery | Manager of Clinic Operations, Surgical Specialties at Emory Midtown, The Emory Clinic, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA, 2011-2012

Administrative Fellow, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, SC, 2010-2011

Accountant, Water Missions International, Charleston, SC, 2007-2009

ONGOING RESEARCH SUPPORT

HRSA U66RH31458 (Ford, D and Kristaldi, K, Co-PIs)  09/30/2017-09/29/2020 

Title: Telehealth Center of Excellence

The goal of this project is to establish and evaluate Tele-health programs and disseminate methods and processes throughout the United States.

Role: Healthcare financial management investigatory support

Amount funded: Year 1 (9/30/2017-9/29/2018): $600,000; Year 2 (9/30/2018-9/29/2019): $2,000,000; Year 3 (9/30/2019-9/29/2020): $2,000,000; Year 4 (9/30/2020-9/29/2021): $3,000,000;

University Research Core Simpson K (PI) 11/01/2015-06/30/2021 MUSC Provost for Research     Title: Comparative Effectiveness Data Analytics Research Resource (CEDAR)

The goal is to develop and direct a new university research core that will be the custodian of “Big Data” administrative data sets and provide consultation and analytical support for faculty and students to use these data for research.

Role: Co-Investigator

COMPLETED RESEARCH SUPPORT AND OTHER FUNDING

National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Traineeship from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Grant No. 5T32 HS000032-28, UNC, 2016-2018

Student Travel Award to the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting awarded by the AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Support Interest Group, 2016 & 2017 (2 different awards)

Kilpatrick-Johnson Book Award, Peer-selected leadership award, MUSC, 2010

Foster D. McGraw Scholarship, MUSC, 2009

Dean’s Scholarship, MUSC, 2009

Valedictorian Scholarship, USC, 2001-2005

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, a merit-based state-awarded scholarship, 2001-2005

Carolina Alumni Scholarship, USC, 2001-2005

SELECTED HONORS

Exceptional Reviewer, The Journal of Rural Health, 2020

Upsilon Phi Delta Society member, MUSC, 2010

Dean’s Honor List, MUSC, 2010

Phi Beta Kappa member, USC

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society member, USC

Golden Key Honor Society member, USC

President’s List, USC, 2002-2004

Dean’s List, USC, 2001-2005

The Governor’s School of South Carolina at the College of Charleston, graduate, 2000

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Medical University of South Carolina

Instructor      Healthcare Financial Management (Doctoral level: 3 credits, Summer 2019, Spring 2020)

Instructor      Healthcare Accounting (Graduate level: 3 credits, Summer 2019, Summer 2020, Fall 2020)

University of North Carolina

Teaching Assistant   Hospital Functions and Operations (Graduate level: 2 credits, 2016)

Teaching Assistant   Health Care Finance (Graduate level: 4 credits, 2015)

Teaching Assistant   Health Care Financial Accounting (Graduate level: 2 credits, 2014)

Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Hospital Association

Instructor                  Two-day course on physician practice management operations for a medical practice manager certification course.

Preceptor Leadership as a Healthcare Administrator

Preceptor                   Planning a Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC (USC MHA student, 2013)

Preceptor                   Introduced a new position of patient care coordination activities with colorectal surgery at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Emory Healthcare Operations Development Program employee, 2012)

Preceptor                   Created educational videos and introduced patient viewing on iPads into a surgery clinic at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Emory MPH student, 2012)

PUBLICATIONS

Williams, Dunc, A Simpson, K King, et. al. “Do Hospitals Providing Telehealth in Emergency Departments Have Lower ED Costs?” Telemedicine and e-Health. 2020 (forthcoming, 2020)

Williams, Dunc, J Lawrence, YR Hong, A Winn. “Tele-ICUs for COVID-19: A Look at National Prevalence and Characteristics of Hospitals Providing Tele-Intensive Care.” The Journal of Rural Health. Early View Ahead of Print, 10/8/2020.

Williams, Dunc, G Pink, PH Song, K Reiter, GM Holmes, “Capital Expenditures Increased at Rural Hospitals that Merged between 2012 and 2015.” Journal of Healthcare Management. 65(5):346-364, September-October 2020.

Williams, Dunc, K Reiter, G Pink, GM Holmes, PH Song. “Rural Hospital Mergers Increased Between 2005 and 2016—What Did Those Hospitals Look Like?” Inquiry. 2020 Jan-Dec; 57: PMID: 32684072

Williams, Dunc, GM Holmes, PH Song, K Reiter, G Pink, “For Rural Hospitals That Merged, Inpatient Charges Decreased and Outpatient Charges Increased: A Pre-/Post-Comparison of Rural Hospitals That Merged and Rural Hospitals That Did Not Merge Between 2005 and 2015.” The Journal of Rural Health 2020.

Hong YR, Lawrence J, Williams D, Mainous III, A. “Population-Level Interest and US Hospital Telehealth Capacity in Response to COVID-19: Analysis of Google Search Data and National Hospital Survey.” JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2020. DOI: 10.2196/18961

Williams, J. Dunc, “Which Rural Hospitals Merge and What Happens to Them Afterward?” Dissertation. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2019.

https://search.proquest.com/openview/b4b666185541a51adbe15fe5ab9a4b4b/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y

Williams, Jr., Dunc, S Thomas, H Howard, and G Pink. “Rural Hospital Mergers from 2005 through 2016” Findings Brief: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2018. Link: https://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/alerts/249

Williams, Jr., Dunc and G Mark Holmes. “Rural Health Care Costs – Are They Higher and Why Might They Differ from Urban Health Care Costs?” North Carolina Medical Journal, February 2018. Link: http://www.ncmedicaljournal.com/content/79/1/51.full

Williams, J. Dunc, P Song, and G Pink. “Estimated Costs of Rural Freestanding Emergency Departments” Findings Brief: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2015. As of May 2019, this is one of the most downloaded findings brief from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program’s website with over 2,000 downloads. Link: https://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/projects/100002342

The accompanying findings brief supplement was created through a collaboration: “The Freestanding Emergency Department Financial Assessment Strategic Tool (FED FAST)” North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 2015. Link: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/programs-projects/rural-health/tools/

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Traineeship from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Grant No. 5T32 HS000032-28, UNC, 2016-2018 Supported my dissertation work to identify determinants of merging rural hospitals (Aim 1) and examine merged rural hospital post-merger financial performance (Aims 2&3).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Rural Hospital Financial Performance Before and After Merger” Podium Presentation. National Rural Health Association’s 43nd Annual Meeting. May 21, 2020.

 “Characteristics Associated with Rural Hospitals that Merged (2005-2016)” Podium Presentation. National Rural Health Association’s 42nd Annual Meeting. May 9, 2019.

“Rural Hospital Mergers: 2005-2016” Invited Presenter. Rural Health Research Gateway. November 1, 2018. Link: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/news_release/george-pink-and-dunc-williams-presentation-on-rural-hospital-mergers-and-acquisitions-from-2005-through-2016/. The most downloaded Rural Health Research Gateway webinar of 2018.

“Leading a Successful Multigenerational Organization” Invited Panelist. The Medical University of South Carolina Alumni and Leadership Conference sponsored by the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, 2011

CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATIONS

"Do Hospitals Providing Telehealth in Emergency Departments Have Lower ED Costs?" Poster Presentation at SEARCH Annual Meeting. October 2020. 

“Were Hospital Meaningful Use Incentive Dollars Associated with More HIT-Related Capital Expenditures?” Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. June 2020.

 “Rural Hospital Mergers: Identification, Prevalence, and Post-Merger Effects on the Availability of Services and Capital – 2005-2016” Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Seattle, WA, June 2018.

“Are Rural Hospital Mergers Good for Rural America” Poster Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. New Orleans, LA, June 2017

GUEST LECTURES

Invited lecturer on “Rural versus Urban Health Care Costs” to Drs. Nancy Winterbauer and Ronny Bell’s Master of Public Health course “Interdisciplinary Rural Health,” Fall 2019.

Invited lecturer on “Rural Hospital Mergers” to Dr. Thomas Mckee’s Doctor of Health Administration course “Healthcare Financial Management,” Summer 2018.

JOURNAL PEER REVIEWS

American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2020

BMC Health Services Research. Reviewer, 2019, 2020

JAMA Open Network, 2020

Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2020

Journal of Rural Health, 2020

Journal of Women’s Health, 2020

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Abstract reviewer for the SEARCH Conference, 2020

Communication & Outreach Subcommittee Chair, AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group, 2016-2017

Abstract reviewer for the AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group Annual Research Meeting, 2016-2017

The student representative for the advisory committee, AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group, 2015-2017

Oversight Committee member for the South Carolina Hospital Association’s creation of a medical practice management certification program, 2013

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

DHA Admissions Committee, MUSC, 2019-

MHA Admissions Committee, MUSC, 2018-

MHA Alumni Network Board Member, MUSC, 2020-

College of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member, MUSC 2019 – present

College of Health Professions Scholarship Committee, Member, MUSC 2019 – present

College of Health Professions Faculty Awards Selection Committee, MUSC, 2019

Research Day Poster Reviewer, MUSC, 2018, 2019

MUSC Faculty Senate, 2020 - present

MUSC Interprofessional Day Facilitator, 2019

MHA Student Capstone Advisor for Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation, MUSC, 2018-2019