Dr. Richard Allen Williams
Dr. Richard Allen Williams, 117th President of the National Medical Association and Founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists (1974), is a cum laude honors graduate of Harvard University (1957). He subsequently attended the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center where he received the M.D. degree in 1962. He performed an internship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, a residency in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and a Cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty.
Dr. Williams has held positions as Assistant Medical Director at Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles, Chief of the Heart Station at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital, and Head of Cardiology at the same institution. At
He is also the Founder of the Minority Health Institute (1985), which focuses on educational programs to teach doctors about cultural competency, diversity, and healthcare disparities.
Among his many publications