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University Advancement

East Tennessee State University

The Carroll H. Long Chair of Surgical Research

This chair was announced in 1989 and named in honor of Dr. Carroll Hardy Long, a retired physician and former mayor of his hometown, Johnson City. The Carroll H. Long Chair of Surgical Research:

  • Increases the number of ETSU staff and resident surgeons engaged in scientific research

  • Provides consultation services to researchers in other clinical departments

  • Supports the teaching activities of the Department of Surgery

  • Identifies areas of available funding for research projects

Dr. David Williams is chairholder and his research focuses on understanding the chemistry and biology of complex carbohydrate polymers isolated from microbial sources.  Dr. Williams has received several research awards and received the ETSU Distinguished Faculty Award for Achievement in Research.  He is a member of the Shock Society, the Society for Leukocyte Biology, the Surgical Infection Society, and the American Society for Microbiology.

You can learn more about Dr. Williams and his research at:



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