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Dr. Williams was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and The University of Michigan’s prestigious Inteflex Accelerated Pre-Medical/Medical Program. He completed neurology residency at The University of Maryland in Baltimore and is board-certified by the American Association of Psychiatry and Neurology. After residency he completed a multidisciplinary, interventional pain fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Division of Pain Medicine) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Williams joined Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, a founding partner of the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, in Los Angeles in 1997. At Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, he is a consulting Team Physician to the Los Angeles Rams, Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, KISS, Anaheim Ducks, and several southern California collegiate, high school, and elite club athletic programs. He is the Founding Director of The Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. He is also the Founding Director of the Sports Neurology Fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe. In 2015, Governor Brown appointed him to the California State Athletic Commission.

Dr. Williams is an active educator on issues related to Sports Neurology and Concussion. He is the Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section. He often serves as a medical-legal expert and as an expert consultant on Pain and Sports Neurologic Disorders to major television networks, radio, satellite, and print media. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi (Boule’) Fraternities.

Clinical Areas

  • Radiculopathy
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Nerve Conduction Study / Studies
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Concussions
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Migraines (Chronic, Acute)
  • Cortisone Injections
  • EMG (Electromyography, Electromyograms)
  • Pain Management
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Neurological Problems
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injection

In the Media

Brett Favre, Concussion Victim, Is Backing Research into a Concussion Drug
November 7, 2017

Falcons players who had concussions are aware of CTE concerns
October 13, 2017

A wild ride … already: Jaguars look to sustain, build on Weeks 1, 3 success
September 30, 2017

DeShone Kizer's migraine may have contributed to his bad 2nd half, 2 neurologists say
September 24, 2017

Lady Gaga Wants to Raise Awareness About Fibromyalgia
September 12, 2017

6 Causes of Morning Headaches
August 24, 2017

Episode 12: Concussions with Dr. Vernon Williams
August 11, 2017

NFL to use sideline tents for medical staff
August 3, 2017

Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson? Texans QB Situation Leads Camp Storylines to Watch
July 27, 2017

Treating Post-Traumatic Headache After Concussion
July 6, 2017

Concern for Floyd after his second concussion lasted two months
June 27, 2017

Common Triggers for Migranes​
May 22, 2017

Understanding Migraines and Their Triggers
May 8, 2017

How to tell the difference between a headache and a migraine
April 24, 2017

To Play or Not to Play? That Is the Concussion Question
March 31, 2017

Neuropathic Pain Complexity Requires Thoughtful Approach and Combination of Interventions
March 27, 2017

8 Medications That Treat Multiple Conditions
March 9, 2017

Concussion Controversy: Who Should Have the Final Say?
March 6, 2017

3 Concussion Myths: Busted
February 27, 2017

David Cassidy, 1970s Pop Icon, Reveals That He's Battling Dementia
February 21, 2017

Addressing Gender Differences in Concussion Diagnosis and Treatment
February 03, 2017

Priyanka Chopra Won A People's Choice Award-While She Had A Concussion
January 19, 2017

Can’t Sleep? Any of These 10 Medical Conditions Could Be Why
December 28,2016

8 Medical Reasons You Feel Dizzy
December 7, 2016

Why Panthers haven’t put Michael Oher on IR despite his 47 days in concussion protocol
November 15, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Seeing a Chiropractor
November 9, 2016

37 'Healthy' Things You Have Permission to Stop Doing Right Now
November 18, 2016

NFLPA to explore marijuana as a pain-management tool
November 14, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Seeing a Chiropractor
November 9, 2016

15 Signs Your Diet Is Making You Sick
October 21, 2016

Independent doctor on Kubiak: 'Condition can be managed effectively' without career change
October 10, 2016

Concussions could threaten Sam Shields' career
September 16, 2016

Experts stress caution with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s future
September 2, 2016

KCAL-TV Ch. 9/KCBS-TV Ch. 2 Interviews Dr. Williams: Prince's Overdose (Opioid)
June 3, 2016

5 Providers Tell Us: Why I Became a Doctor
March 31,2016

Is It Possible to Make Football Safer?
March 23, 2016

Dr. Vernon Williams discusses CTE and what former football players can do to diagnose brain injuries on Mighty 1090AM
March 18, 2016

Dr. Vernon Williams “It’s Pretty Clear That There Is A Link With Brain Injuries And Football”
March 18, 2016

KFI-AM 640 Interviews Dr. Williams: Nerve Block Technique Might Help Ease Chronic Back Pain
March 6, 2016

Rheumatologist, Pain Physician Collaboration Vital for Better Pain Control
February 17, 2016

KFI-AM 640 Interviews Dr. Williams: Avoiding dangerous mistakes with aspirin and other OTC pain medicines
February 8,2016

The NFL’s Forgotten Retirees
February 6, 2016

Doctor Vernon Williams Talks Concussions in MMA - AXS TV fights
January 8, 2016

KFI-AM 640 Interviews Dr. Williams about Potential Impact of the New Movie "Concussion"
December 20, 2015

Neurologist weighs in on Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer, NFL concussion issues
December 16, 2015

D.J. Fluker out, long-term ramifications ‘unclear’
Novemver 28, 2015

Dr. Williams gives advice to reduce concussions in sports - KFI-AM 640
November 8, 2015

Young Athletes and Head Trauma
November 1, 2015

The San Diego Union-Tribune - Concussions hitting Chargers hard
October 11, 2015

Concussion Q&A with Neurologist Dr. Vernon Williams
October 1, 2015

How aggressive will the Falcons be with Coleman’s injury?
September 24, 2015

Dr. Vernon Williams Comments on Atlanta Falcons Running Back Tevin Coleman's Cracked Rib
September 24, 2015

Essence Magazine Quotes Dr. Vernon Williams: Becoming The Best You In The New Year
January 21, 2015

KNBC-TV Interviews Dr. Vernon Williams Regarding Iovera Treatment
December 18, 2014

Max Sports & Fitness Magazine Quotes Dr. Williams: Sports-Related Brain Injury
September 01, 2014

Charlotte Observer Quotes Dr. Williams: Carolina Panthers' QB Cam Newton Suffers Hairline Fracture in Rib
August 24, 2014
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has hairline fracture in rib

AXS-TV "Inside MMA" Interviews Dr. Williams: MMA Fighter Krzysztof Soszynski Forced to Retire Because of Brain Injury Suffered During Knockout
August 16, 2014
Dr. Vernon Williams Breaks Down Krzysztof Soszynski's Retirement

KNBC-TV Interviews Dr. Williams: New Concussion Baseline Technology Donated to TEAM HEAL
August 06, 2014
New App to Measure High School Athlete Concussions Quotes Dr. Williams: Sports Medicine Turns to Telemedicine
April 29, 2014
Sports Medicine Turns to Telemedicine Quotes Dr. Williams: 5 Ways to Excel Under Pressure Like Julia Mancuso
February 10, 2014
5 Ways to Excel Under Pressure Like Julia Mancuso

San Francisco Chronicle Quotes Dr. Williams: Stephan Curry's Mild Concussion
November 21, 2013
Curry seems more likely to play than Bryant

NFLPA, league must keep fighting for safety
November 15, 2012
Dr. Vernon Williams, the medical director for the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic's Sports Neurology department in Los Angeles, said the NFL has made tremendous strides. The recognition of symptoms and new medical protocols are better protecting players, but it's a fast game played by big guys.

KTLA Special Report: The Invisible Injury, Part 2
October 26, 2012
Dr. Vernon Williams explains dangers of brain injuries

KTLA Special Report: The Invisible Injury, Part 1
October 25, 2012
Dr. Vernon Williams explains dangers of brain injuries

Setpember 7, 2012

Yahoo News Report: One Small Thing: Cut Sports Concussion Severity by Reporting Injuries
September 6, 2012
“It’s important to report and be aware of symptoms,” says Dr. Vernon Williams, director of sports neurology and pain medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

One Small Thing: Cut Sports Concussions Severity by Reporting Injuries
September 6, 2012
“It’s important to report and be aware of symptoms,” says Dr. Vernon Williams, director of sports neurology and pain medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Dave Duerson suicide leaves behind many questions
February 22, 2011
Dr. Williams weighs in on the open questions surrounding the suicide of former Bears safety Dave Duerson

Westchester: Neighborhood council supports proposed skate plaza, but some question city policy regarding safety equipment
January 13, 2011
Dr. Vernon Williams recommends use of safety equipment for skateboarders

Brett Favre on sideline, not in game, is just strange
December 14, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams encouaged by the positive shift in managing concussions

Concussions growing wild in NFL
December 7, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams discusses the growing number of concussions in the NFL

Clampdown on concussions
October 22, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams is a guest expert on the Midmorning on MPR radio dicussing concussions and young atheletes

New Concussion Guidelines Are a Big Hit in Redondo
October 9, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams comments on new concussion guidelines for Pop Warner football

Neurologist Warns About Concussion Risk for Kids
October 9, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams warns about concussion risk for kids

NFL is taking the long-term impact of concussions seriously
September 11, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams weighs in on the NFL studying the long term impact of concussions

Experts stress need for concussion protocols for high school and collegiate football medical staffs
September 2, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams discusses new concussion protocols for young athletes

Movement therapies may reduce chronic pain
July 5, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams comments on how the use of movement therapies may help reduce chronic pain

House Judiciary Committee calls for another hearing to assess football-related brain injuries
January 3, 2010
Dr. Vernon Williams weighs in on Congress hearing about brain injuries in football

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