MS-030: Race, Violence & Medicine- Trauma Surgeon Dr. Brian Williams shares his journey of becoming a doctor and his efforts to improve race relations in the United States


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Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS Kicked out of scouting for disciplinary issues, Dr. Brian H. Williams recovered and 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 degree in aeronautical engineering, and as an Air Force officer directed classified research programs. After six years of military service, Dr. Williams answered the call to medicine and transitioned to the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, graduating in 2001. 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 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. When he is not saving lives, Dr. Williams travels the country as a public speaker sharing his insight on resilience, diversity, and structural violence. He is also a featured columnist for the Dallas Morning News and hosts the podcast Race, Violence & Medicine. To learn more about Dr. Williams, please visit

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