Williams was the keynote speaker in the third edition of the University at Buffalo’s “Beyond the Knife” endowed lecture series established by the Department of Surgery in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is a professor of trauma and acute care surgery at University of Chicago Medicine.
The lecture series was initiated by Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and chair of surgery, and his colleagues, in order “to engage in difficult conversations surrounding racism and health care in the United States.”
In opening remarks, Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, UB’s vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, thanked Schwaitzberg for “being a catalyst to advance these critical discussions.
“We are here today to address gun violence and its impact on our health, our community and our country,” she said. “This year’s topic of gun violence and racial hatred touches very close to home. The May 14 Tops supermarket mass shooting opened longstanding wounds of trauma and neglect in Buffalo and Black neighborhoods.
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