Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA, became the sixth president of UNTHSC in December 2012. A Fort Worth native and first UNTHSC alumnus to serve as President, he practiced anesthesiology and critical care medicine in Texas for more than twenty years. He then served as CEO of Hill Country Memorial Hospital from 2008 – 2013, during which time the hospital received numerous state and national awards and became a Truven Top 100 U.S. hospital for 2012 and 2013. Under his leadership the hospital was also awarded the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Presidential Best Practice for Leadership Award, and named a Top 10 finalist for the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Presidential Quality Award. Hill Country Memorial Hospital went on to win the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Presidential Quality Award.
In 2011, Governor Rick Perry appointed Dr. Williams to serve on the University of North Texas System Board of Regents. He was later appointed to serve on the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees in 2013.
Dr. Williams completed his anesthesiology and critical care training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and the Texas Heart Institute in Houston following achieving two medical degrees. Dr. Williams holds board certifications in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He holds an MBA from Duke University, and a Master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University. He has been named a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. In 2013, Dr. Williams was named to the U.S. News and World Report’s Advisory Council for the Healthcare of Tomorrow and remains an active member.
Thus far under his administration UNTHSC has embraced a values-based, collaborative and team culture. Also, the institution has grown in size and stature within the North Texas community and recently attained legislative support to fund the first Institute for Patient Safety in Texas. In 2015, he created an innovative, collaborative, first of its kind in Texas, public-private partnership to form the Texas Christian University/UNT Health Science Center allopathic School of Medicine. He has designed and built a team to implement a two pronged strategy of regional innovation/entrepreneurism and transformative healthcare education in Fort Worth, the North Texas region and beyond. He is a passionate healthcare leader committed to changing the way healthcare providers are selected and trained in order to improve the health and care of the patients and families we serve.