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The Candidate, Brian H. Williams, MD, FACS

Updated: Feb 3

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Dr. Brian H. Williams led the trauma team that treated police officers ambushed by a sniper in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016, the largest loss of life for US law enforcement since 9/11. At a press conference days later, his heartfelt comments about the tragedy touched thousands, and Huffington Post named it one of the most memorable television moments of 2016. He has more than two decades of experience treating urban gun violence victims in Tampa, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas,and Chicago, and has served on the trauma faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and at the University of Chicago.


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Williams graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After six years on active duty, he enrolled at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and then completed a general surgery residency at Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at Emory University. After the Dallas shooting, Williams became an international spokesperson for racial justice. In 2017 Mayor Rawlings appointed him chair 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. In addition to his role as a trauma surgeon, Williams served as a congressional health policy advisor in the US Senate and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is a guest commentator on CNN, keynote speaker, opinion writer featured in the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and Newsweek, and host of the podcast Race, Violence & Medicine. Williams and his wife of 17 years are raising a strong-willed 12-year-old daughter and two lovable dogs.

Dr. William’s Prescription for Success: Number 1: No matter what you are doing, think about the end goal.

Number 2: Be of service.

Number 3: Be humble.

Connect with Dr. Williams

Website (for the book): Website (for the campaign): Twitter: @bhwilliamsmd

Notable quotes from Dr. William’s interview:

I felt that there’s more I should be doing to impact things on a systemic level. Couldn’t explain how that should happen, but I knew that there was more I should be doing.
And that shooting in the aftermath is when I began to think more about how I can contribute to the healing of our community and began to pursue ways to serve outside of the hospital.
Dr. Brian H. Williams
We had a chance to socialize with kids from all over the country and all over the world that were doing the same thing as we were doing, which was moving to different places.
I felt proud that [my father] was doing something that was bigger than himself. And by being in his family, I felt that we were special to be a part of that, in some way.
I knew that that word, the N-word, was meant only for me, right? And even the first time I’d been called that, It really felt like a kick in the gut.

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