William R. Gilliland, MD, Col (ret), USA, MC

William R. Gilliland, MD, Col (ret), USA, MC

William Gilliland

Name: William R. Gilliland, MD, Col (ret), USA, MC

Department of Primary Appointment:
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical Education

Room: Room D3013-B



Dr. Gilliland is a professor of medicine.   He attended college at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and English in 1981.  He then attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 1987.  With a growing interest in medical education, he obtained a MHPE from the University of Illinois- Chicago (UIC) in 2004.  

He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and his Rheumatology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).  After completing his fellowship at WRAMC, he stayed on as a staff physician and was later billeted as a member of in the Department of Medicine at USU.  After retiring from the Army in 2008, he served as the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and now serves the Associate Dean for Medical Education at USU.  He is a fellow in both the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology.  He has numerous teaching awards including the ACP Master Teaching Award.  His Master’s thesis was named the outstanding research paper for the year at UIC. 


  • Instructs medical students, residents, and fellows in areas of expertise
  • Small group instructor- Introduction to Clinical Reasoning and Pathology
  • Former Course Director- Introduction to Clinical Medicine III
  • Former Clerkship Director- Internal Medicine Fourth Year Programs
  • Former Rheumatology Fellowship Director
  • MHPE Instructor: Instructional Design

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical specialty in internal medicine and rheumatology
  • Research interests include pre-autoimmune markers in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus and outcomes in medical education
  • Institutional accreditation

Select Publications

  1. Pock AR, Pangaro LN, Gilliland WR.  “The ‘pillars’ of curriculum reform.”  Acad Med, 2016; 91: 153.
  2. Artino AR, Gilliland WR, Cruess DF, Durning SJ.  “America’s medical school: 5,000 graduates since the first class.” Mil Med, 2015; 180: 1-4.
  3. Gilliland WR, Dong T, Artino AR, McManigle JE, Saguil A, Cruess DF, Holland S, Durning SJ.   “Career accomplishments of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences medical graduates: Classes 1980- 2001.” Mil Med, 2015; 180: 109-112.
  4. Demoruelle MK, Parish MC, Derber LA, Kolfenbach JR, Hughes-Austin JM, Weisman M, Gilliland WR, Edison JD, Buckner JH, Mikuls TR, O’Dell JR, Keating RM, Gregerson PK, Norris JM, Holers VM, Deane KD.  “Performance of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide assays differ in subjects at increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis and subjects with established disease.”  Arthritis Rheum, 2013 Sep; 65(9): 2243-52.
  5. Artino AR Jr., Durning SJ, Waechter DM, Leart KL, Gilliland WR.  “Broadening our understanding of clinical quality: From attribution error to situated cognition.”  Clin Pharmacol Ther 2012; 91(2):167-9.
  6. Gilliland WR, Artino AR Jr., Waechter DM, McManigle JE, Cruess DF, Calloway M, Arze BC, Durning SJ.  “Identifying themes within a medical school admission committee’s reviews of applicants.”  Mil Med, 2012; 177(Sept supp):16-20.
  7. Jardine DA, Dong T, Artino AR, Durning SJ, Waechter DM, DeZee K, Cruess D, Gilliland WR.  “Alternate list matriculants: Outcome data from those students admitted from the alternate list.”  Mil Med, 2012; 177(Sept supp):7-10.
  8. Gilliland WR, Dong T, Artino AR, Waechter DM, Cruess D, DeZee K, McManigle J, Durning SJ.  “Relationship between admissions committee review and student performance in medical school and internship.”  Mil Med, 2012; 177(Sept supp):21-25.
  9. LaRochelle J, Gilliland WR, Torre D, Baker B, Mechaber A, Papp K, Poremba J, Durning S, “Re-addressing consensus in pre-clinical education.”  Mil Med 2009: 174(10):1081-7. 
  10. Gilliland WR, LaRochelle J, Hawkins R, Dillon GF, Mechaber AJ, Dyrbye L, Papp KK, Durning SJ. “Changes in clinical skills education resulting from the introduction of the USMLETM Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Examination.” Med Teach 2008; 30(3):325-327.
  11. Gilliland WR, Pangaro LN, Downing S, Hawkins RE, Omori DM, Marks ES, Adamo G, Bordage G, “Standardized versus actual hospitalized patients to teach history taking and physical examination skills.”  Teach Learn Med 2006; 18(3):188-195.