Brian Williams M.D.

Trauma/Critical Care Surgeon at Parkland Hospital
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Why Book Dr. Brian Williams?

  • Dr. Williams presentations are centered on the intersection between race and medicine and healthcare resiliency, using his role and experiences from the Dallas tragedy as a backdrop.
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    Brian H. Williams, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Burn/Trauma/Critical Care at UT Southwestern.

    After graduating with military honors from the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Williams was active duty for six years working as an aeronautical engineer. He earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency and a trauma research fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He then completed fellowships in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital.

    Dr. Williams joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010. Among his many leadership roles and areas of involvement on campus, he is Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program.

    Dr. Williams was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2006 but still serves as an admissions liaison officer for the USAF Academy. He is a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the National Medical Association, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    For trauma surgeon Brian H. Williams, M.D., no two days are the same, and that’s one of the reasons he loves what he does. He’s always making fast, critical decisions to save people’s lives.

    “When patients come in after a car accident, maybe they’re unresponsive but their heart is beating really fast, and the concern is that they’re bleeding out internally,” he says. “I may not know exactly what’s causing the bleeding yet, but it’s my job, along with a great team, to get them into the OR quickly and figure it out; and to stop the bleeding. You can’t think about it too long, or there will be dire consequences.”

    In addition to trauma and emergency surgery, Dr. Williams performs elective, general surgeries like gallbladder and hernia repairs. He’s also passionate about his clinical research. Two of his major projects include the ICU Liberation initiative, focused on improving care for patients and their families in the ICU, and an NIH study that’s addressing post-traumatic stress disorder in trauma survivors.

    A Life-Changing Night
    If you haven’t been to the emergency department at Parkland Hospital but you’ve heard Dr. Williams’ name, it might be because he found himself unexpectedly in the spotlight the night that 12 Dallas police officers and two civilians were shot following a peaceful protest by members of the Black Lives Matter movement. He was the lead surgeon on call when Parkland’s trauma team was called upon to care for several of those victims.

    “I was a small player in a much larger story, but my life has changed both professionally and personally since that night,” Dr. Williams says. “If I’m feeling the way I’m feeling, I can’t imagine how the families of the officers must be feeling. I think about it every single day.”

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