Williams has been engaged in both taking care of patients in North Carolina and in public health for the last 26 years. A native North Carolinian, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with honors with a double major in History and Zoology, and went on to the UNC School of Medicine where he was a Holderness Fellow and co-founded the Students Teaching Early Prevention initiative. He then served as Administrative Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
Since moving to Raleigh in 1989, Williams has served as president of the Wake County Medical Society and on the Wake County Board of Health. He subsequently was elected by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to serve on the North Carolina Commission for Public Health from 2004 until 2012. He is president-elect of the UNC School of Medicine Alumni Association.
For the last 11 years, Williams has served as a volunteer in U.S. State Department and World Health Organization sponsored endeavors, teaching physicians and helping with clinical governance overseas. Serving mostly in conflict zones, his work has taken him to Iraq on 11 deployments in addition to Afghanistan, Libya and Haiti. He has been recognized as the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year, Raleigh News & Observer Tar Heel of the Week and Triangle Business Journal Health Care Hero of the Year.
An avid runner, Dr. Williams has run marathons in Boston, New York, Paris, Athens and Jerusalem.
Congratulations on your new postition, Dr. Williams!