Kicked out of scouting for disciplinary issues, Dr. Brian H. Williams still recovered and became the first person in his family to attend college. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy 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 in Tampa, FL.
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, an African-American sniper ambushed white police officers providing security at a peaceful rally protesting police use of deadly force against black men. As the presiding trauma surgeon that evening, Dr. Williams led the team that treated seven of the officers; three wounded fatally.
Days later, his anguished public statements honoring law enforcement while condemning violence against black men became a viral media event. By highlighting his duality as a black medical professional who treated these officers he was thrust into the center of a national discussion about racism in America.
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.