William J. Hicks II, MD, is a neurologist specializing in vascular neurology. As a vascular neurologist, Dr. Hicks specializes in conditions of the cerebrovascular system, including ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. His main areas of interest include rapid access to acute stroke rescue therapies and clinical trials. Dr. Hicks serves as the co-director of the Riverside Methodist Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Dr. Hicks completed his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his neurology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as chief resident and was recognized as Resident of the Year. Following his residency, Dr. Hicks completed a two-year, NIH-funded vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.
When it comes to patient care, Dr. Hicks takes great pride in being the voice for his patients. Outside of acute stroke cases in the emergency room, he does not see time as an issue when it comes to getting to know his patients and their families on a personal level. This includes speaking with them to provide further explanation and counseling, following a potentially life-altering condition.
In addition to his clinical role at OhioHealth, Dr. Hicks is an active member in the central Ohio medical community. He currently serves as the president of the Columbus American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, marking the first time a neurologist has served in this role for the organization. Dr. Hicks also enjoys participating in clinical research presentations and volunteering for health- and wellness-related public service.
Outside of work, Dr. Hicks enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and German shepherd, Slice.