No one ever plans on being involved in an accident or needing surgery, but during a trauma Dr. Mallory Williams is the doctor to call.Williams is the newest addition at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Williams, a respected academic surgeon and author, is UTMC’s chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery.
“I am very happy to be here in Toledo, and I look forward to strengthening education and prevention programs and establishing the trauma center as a model for patient-centered quality care. The trauma center at UTMC already has an excellent team of committed individuals,” Williams said. “This is a great opportunity because UTMC is the only academic trauma center in northwest Ohio. This presents many opportunities for growth. It is my expectation that UTMC will be the leader for trauma in this city and play a significant role in both regional and national leadership.”
Williams is no stranger to the region, having completed his general training at Wayne State University in Detroit as the chief of administrative surgery resident. Born in Chicago, Williams is a native of the South Side.
Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine, said Williams will help further establish the excellence of the UTMC level one trauma center regionally and nationwide.
“We are honored to have Dr. Williams join our staff at The University of Toledo Medical Center. He is a respected physician and scholar whose knowledge will help the University continue to meet the quality of trauma and surgical care expected from our medical team,” Gold said. “Dr. Williams also will provide students with an outstanding clinical experience through the dissemination of his knowledge and personal experiences.”
Williams’ professional experience includes working as a combat trauma surgeon in the 345th Combat Support Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Teaching students might not be as stressful as working in a war zone, but Williams wants students to understand the principles are still the same.
“I want to instill in students the human quality of what it means to practice medicine. As doctors, we must be able to bond with our patients and be 100 percent committed to the clinical outcomes,” Williams said.
In addition to being a decorated war veteran, Williams received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a master of public health degree at Harvard University. He completed fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Williams shared his expertise in the bayou when he assisted in the development of the design of the state of Louisiana trauma system. He helped in the recertification of the level one trauma center at Louisiana State University-Shreveport and educated more than 500 physicians in advanced trauma care. The new system is instrumental to building institutional capacity to care for trauma patients while fully integrating advanced cardiovascular and cerebrovascular care protocols to expedite the care of these patients.
Williams will lead the trauma program, continue to perform surgeries, and teach residents during his tenure with UTMC. He resides in the area with his wife, Patrice, and three daughters, Shelby, Maya and Zoe.