A photo of Basil Williams.

Co-Director, Retinoblastoma Program

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology


About Me


Basil K. Williams Jr., MD, is the Mary Knight Asbury endowed chair of Ocular Oncology, the director of Ocular Oncology and an assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. He is the director of the Retinoblastoma Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and he is part of the vitreoretinal service at Cincinnati Eye Institute. He grew up in the Bronx, NY and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University. He then attended The Chicago Medical School where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and won the Board of Trustees Scholarship Award.

After attending Resurrection Medical Center for his internship year, he completed his ophthalmology residency, vitreoretinal surgery fellowship, and chief residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. During his time there, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and won the Fellow of the Year Award. He then completed his ocular oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital, where he also received the Fellow of the Year Award.

He has co-authored several book chapters and has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests pertain to adult and pediatric surface and intraocular tumors and vitreoretinal surgical topics. He investigates the disease process, innovative imaging techniques, prevention and reduction of treatment complications, and the medical and surgical advances in pediatric and adult surface and intraocular tumors. This primarily involved retinoblastoma, choroidal melanoma and metastatic lesions to the eye amongst others.

Clinical Interests

Retinoblastoma; Coats disease; persistent fetal vasculature; familial vitreoretinopathy; toxocariasis; combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium; medulloepithelioma; juvenile xanthogranuloma; vasoproliferative tumors; choroidal osteomas; retinal capillary hemangioma; retinal cavernous hemangioma; pigmented and amelanotic lesions of the ocular surface; ocular conditions associated with syndromes such as Tuberous Sclerosis (astrocytic hamartomas) and Sturge Weber (diffuse choroidal hemangioma)

Research Interests

Assessment of imaging techniques in the diagnosis and management of retinoblastoma and simulating conditions;access to care disparities in patients with retinoblastoma; development of treatment strategies for advanced or recurrent retinoblastoma

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

Clinical Divisions


My Education

BA: Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

MD: Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL.

Internship: Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Residency: Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL.

Fellowship: Surgical Retina, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL; Chief Resident, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL; Ocular Oncology, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.