Dr. Brian H. Williams is a first-generation college graduate, having earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. After six years of service as an Air Force officer, he switched career paths and transitioned to the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
He went on to do his general surgery residency at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA and completed a fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Williams’ is known for his role in treating victims of the July 7, 2016, Dallas police shooting. At a press conference following the shooting, his heartfelt comments touched thousands and, unbeknownst to him, became a viral media event.
In addition to his work as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Williams travels the country as a thought-provoking speaker sharing his unique insight on resilience, diversity, and structural competence. He is also a frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News and hosts the podcast Race, Violence & Medicine.
Recognizing his many community contributions, Mayor Rawlings appointed him as Chairman of the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board. His leadership helped unite the Dallas Police Department, community activists, police associations and city council to revamp the role Dallas civilians play in police oversight.
Dr. Williams lives in Chicago, IL where he serves as an Associate Professor of Trauma and Acute Surgery at the University of Chicago educating students, residents, and future surgeon-activists.