Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Congresswoman Nikema Williams Visits Emory Pathology

Emory Pathology recently hosted Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) as part of a multi-stop Emory tour. Rep. Williams visited the Molecular Laboratory which was crucial in our fight against the pandemic. She also visited the Grossing Room and the Immunohistochemistry Laboratory where pathology faculty summarized the journey of patient tissues from receipt to diagnosis including guiding therapy via immunohistochemistry. 

Faculty explained how quickly Emory Pathology provides quality testing for COVID-19 patients with fast turnaround time. Rep. Williams also learned the difficulties faced in terms of supplies and reagents while the department is busy taking care of cancer patients and she learned the role pathology and laboratory medicine has in determining cancer patient follow up and therapy.

Congresswoman Nikema Williams

About the Congresswoman

Congresswoman Nikema Williams was born in Columbus, GA and raised by her grandparents in Smiths Station, Alabama. She attended Talladega College – a liberal arts Historically Black College (HBCU) in Talladega, Alabama. After graduating from college, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In 2017, Williams was elected to the Georgia State Senate in a special election and in 2019, she was elected to once again lead the Georgia Democratic Party. Congresswoman Williams became the first African American woman, the third woman, and second African American to chair the party. 

On July 20, 2020, following the death of John Lewis, Williams was selected to replace him on the November ballot for Georgia's 5th congressional district in the 2020 election. With her November 2020 victory, Congresswoman Williams became the first woman, and the first African American woman to represent Georgia's 5th district.

Congresswoman Williams has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, Forty under Forty, Power 30 Under 30, Outstanding Atlanta, and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. As State Senator, she received the Freshman Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the 2020 Pinnacle Leadership Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Recently, she was awarded the ACLU of Georgia’s Dare to Create – Liberty Award.

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