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 violence. He is also a frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News and hosts the podcast Race, Violence & Medicine.
Dr. Williams is an accomplished surgeon, speaker, and writer who has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC and is a featured opinion 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.