Ryan Williams, MD



American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology



Medical School:

Stanford University School of Medicine


St. Louis Children's Hospital


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Dr. Williams grew up in the Chicago suburbs and is a proud Midwesterner who has always had a passion for both children and neuroscience. His interest in child development spurred him to study not only the complexities of atypical development but also the intricacies of normal child development. He holds a master’s degree in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Williams has a special interest in pediatric headaches but enjoys treating all types of neurological disorders. He is an advocate for considering the entirety of a child’s health as part of treatment. As such, he feels strongly that other pediatric specialists – child psychologists/psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists – have a role to play in helping children with neurological issues. He also believes in the importance of engaging a child’s family in the treatment decision process. Dr. Williams also holds a special interest in medical education, believing strongly in the importance of educating medical students and residents in the approach to neurology. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, artistic activities, traveling and fine dining … and appreciates the milder winters in the Hampton Roads area.

Clinical Interests:

  • Pediatric Headaches


  • Pediatric Headaches

Honors and Awards:

  • Coastal Virginia Magazine “Top Docs” 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023


  • Plattner B, Pahs G, Kindler J, Williams RP, Hall RE, Mayer H et al. (2007). Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: A benign disorder? Personality traits and psychiatric symptoms. Epilepsy & Behavior, 10, 560-564.
  • Plattner B, The SS, Kraemer HC, Williams RP, Bauer SM, Kindler J et al. (2007). Suicidality, psychopathology, and gender in incarcerated adolescents in Austria. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68, 1593-1600.
  • Delizonna LL, Williams RP, Langer EJ. (2009). The effect of mindfulness on heart rate control. Journal of Adult Development, 16, 61-65.
  • Williams, RP, Banwell, B, Berg RA, et al. (2016). Impact of an ICU EEG monitoring pathway on timeliness of therapeutic intervention and electrographic seizure termination. Epilepsia, 57, 786-795.

Non-Peer Reviewed Papers

  • Williams, RP. (2015). Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis: A disease at the intersection of neurology and psychiatry. Minnesota Physician, 29 (9): 20-21, 38.

Editorials, Reviews, Chapters

  • Williams, RP. (2015). Are children with febrile seizures at a greater risk for epilepsy? Which of these patients should be referred to a neurologist? In DJ Licht & NR Ryan (Eds.), Curbside Consultation in Pediatric Neurology (p. 11-14). Thorofare, NJ: Slack.
  • Saxena K, Emslie G, Williams R, Chang K. (2011). Depression and Related Mood Disorders. In H. Steiner (Ed.). Handbook of Developmental Psychiatry. NY, NY: Jossey-Bass.

Community Involvement and Memberships:

Child Neurology Society

American Academy of Neurology

American Headache Society

International Headache Society

Contact Info:

(757) 668-9920



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