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Dr. Mallory Williams

By Fletcher Word
Sojourner’s Truth Editor

Dr. Mallory Williams, MD, a Toledo resident, is professor of surgery and chief of Trauma & Critical Care at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is an academic acute care surgeon who specializes in general surgery, trauma surgery and critical care surgery.

Although most of his work these days is centered in the nation’s capital, the oft-traveled Dr. Williams home is very much in the Toledo area with his wife Patrice and three daughters and his “great friends in the community.” He and family moved here about nine years ago when he accepted a position with the University of Toledo Medical Center to head the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery.

Dr. Williams is a native of Chicago but, at an early age, moved with his mother to East St. Louis, then back to Chicago and, finally, while still in his early, quite formative years, to Fort Meade, MD so that his mother could find the employment which had  been difficult to find in Chicago.

Settling in one of the bedroom communities of the Fort Meade area, Dr. Williams encountered one of his first mentors, Cleveland Chandler, PhD, who became “a benefactor of the family.” Chandler, a professor of economics and chairman of the Economics Department at Howard University, was the first in a long line of mentors and influential friends who have helped shape his life.

Chandler influenced the young student to head to Morehouse College for an undergraduate degree. At Morehouse he served as a Ford Foundation Fellow and National Institutes of Health Research Fellow. After college he entered the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then trained in general surgery at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center.

Then began a career focused on relieving the pain of trauma along with promoting the education of future health care professionals. That was also the start of a life during which Dr. Williams has been engaged in issues of social justice that affect disadvantaged communities around the world.

As a combat veteran, Lt. Colonel Dr. Williams served his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a combat surgeon and Chief of Surgery of the United States Army’s 345th combat support hospital and, later, in Afghanistan, as co-commander of the 1st Forward Surgical Team during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

As a teacher, he has been awarded the teacher of the year award by both the residents and medical students at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and his research efforts have been recognized by a number of surgical societies including the Detroit Surgical Association, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the New England Surgical Society.

As a writer, Dr. Williams has authored over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, textbook chapters and commentaries and has also examined issues of critical importance to minority communities. He is the co-author of a National Medical Association position paper titled “The Violence Epidemic in the African American Community: A Call for Comprehensive Reform;” the co-author of a manuscript titled “Reducing the impact of violence on the health status of African-Americans: Literature review and recommendations from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons;” and the co-author of a manuscript titled: “Patters of Law Enforcement Related Injuries in the United States.”

As a reader, Dr. Williams’ curiosity is boundless. His mother was an English teacher, primarily at various Baltimore-area colleges, such as Coppin State. He mentions with evident fondness his excursions through the writings of classical authors, such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and those of the modern classicists such as Richard Wright and Toni Morrison.

“I am mesmerized by Ishmael’s transformation,” he notes of the hero of his favorite novel, Moby Dick. “Melville is doing something on a level I haven’t seen any other author do.”

As a leading member of the community, Dr. Williams is the president of the Reede Scholars, a nonprofit organization committed to a healthcare policy that produces equity, quality and access for disadvantaged groups. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Prince Hall Masonic Order and is the current president of the local Alpha Phi Boule.

There is perhaps nothing more significant in the life of Dr. Williams, however, than his commitment to the development of a health care policy that positively impacts the lives of those in the minority population. His research interests, according to one biography, “include better understanding health care delivery in safety net hospitals and improving communication and team dynamics in high stress health care delivery areas such as the trauma care unit, intensive care unit and operating room.”

“I try to do what I can to bring a great experience to the community,” he says.



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Revised: 06/06/19 21:23:37 -0400.

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