Brian H. Williams, MD

Brian H. Williams, MD

 D Magazine

D Magazine

Kicked out of scouting for disciplinary issues, Dr. Brian H. Williams still managed to become the first person in his family to attend college. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. As an Air Force officer, he directed classified research programs before transitioning to the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, graduating in 2001.

Dr. Williams completed a residency in general surgery at Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Emory University School of Medicine. Continuing his career in academic medicine, he served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a staff trauma surgeon at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX where he mentored medical students, residents, and fellows.

Considered an enigma by his friends and colleagues, Dr. Williams’ life of anonymity ended in the summer of 2016. On July 7 in Downtown Dallas, a black U.S. Army veteran ambushed white police officers providing security at a peaceful rally protesting police use of deadly force against black men. Dr. Williams treated seven of the officers; three wounded fatally.

Days later, his anguished public statements condemning violence, while highlighting his duality as a black medical professional who treated these officers, thrust him into the center of a national discussion about racism in America.

Dr. Williams is an accomplished surgeon and speaker who has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC and is a featured columnist for the Dallas Morning News. Recognizing his many community contributions, Mayor Rawlings appointed him as Chairman of the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board.

Dr. Williams lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and daughter.