Remembering Dr. William Dillon, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Published May 1, 2023

Dr. William Dillon in a suit and tie.

It is with a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of William Dillon, MD ‘70, at the age of 78 in Florida. He was a longtime governing board chair and professor in our Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and specialized in medicine, biology, chemistry, obstetrics & gynecology, maternal fetal medicine and high-risk pregnancies. 

Well-respected by his colleagues, Dr. Dillon was a practicing physician and a leader in the statewide medical community for more than five decades. He was known as a compassionate and knowledgeable physician, strong leader and unstoppable UB supporter. 

Dr. Dillon has published articles on patient trust and medical legal issues and various clinical aspects of obstetric gynecology. He was appointed chairman of the board for Medical Professional Conduct for New York State in 1997 by Governor George Pataki and served in that position for five years.

Dr. Dillon received his Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College in 1966 and his medical degree from UB in 1970. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at UB. Dr. Dillon held certifications from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 

Dr. Dillon was a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and was a member of the New York State Board for Professional Conduct, the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, the Federation of State Medical Boards, NYS Perinatal Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, New York State Association of Regional Perinatal Programs, New York State Medical Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Buffalo Obstetric and Gynecologic Society, and Erie County Medical Society. He was involved in the running of the Academic Health Professionals Insurance Association. 

As we at the Jacobs School join the Buffalo medical community in mourning the passing of our friend, colleague, and educator, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Dr. Dillon’s wife, Elaine, his children, and his entire family.

Details regarding the funeral and memorial service on Monday, May 1, can be viewed in the Buffalo News.


Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Vice President for Health Sciences and
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo