Endowed Lectureship on Gun Violence and its Causes

Brian H. Williams, MD, in an operating room.

The Department of Surgery’s endowed lecture series, Beyond the Knife, is a testament to our seriousness of purpose and our intention to raise important topics in society. 

We are deeply honored that our 2023 keynote speaker will be Brian H. Williams, MD, who has excelled in several leadership roles in the military, academic medicine, public health, and public policy. He began his career serving as a United States Air Force officer, directing research and developmental test programs. Since transitioning to medicine, he has had extensive experience as a trauma surgeon at some of the busiest urban centers in the country. Williams gained national prominence after leading the team that cared for police officers ambushed on July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.

Williams has been a featured commentator on CNN, and his op-eds have been published in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News and MedPage Today.


Date and Time

Our Annual Beyond the Knife: Gun Violence and its Causes endowed lecture will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 5:00PM - 8:00PM, at the M&T Lecture Hall, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


A Zoom link will be provided to those unable to attend the in-person event.

Keynote Speaker

Brian H. Williams, MD.

Brian H. Williams, MD

Brian H. Williams, MD — trauma surgeon, medical educator and thought leader—is an Air Force Academy alumnus and professor of trauma and acute care surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. He served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine and a congressional health policy staff member. His first book THE BODIES KEEP COMING: DISPATCHES FROM A BLACK TRAUMA SURGEON ON RACISM, VIOLENCE, AND HOW WE HEAL will be published in 2023.

Video From the Event

Photographs from Previous Events

Video messages from past panelists