Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD

Dr. Mark Williams is currently the Chief Clinical and Academic Officer for the Palmetto Health System in Columbia, South Carolina.  Dr. Mark Williams was the Chief Physician Executive for Tenet’s Brookwood Baptist System in Birmingham, Alabama from 2014 to 2017. He is a past president of the Southern Medical Association and from 2008 to 2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer of the North Mississippi Health System in Tupelo, Mississippi – the largest rural health care system in the United States and the recipient of the 2012 National Malcolm Baldrige Award for Organizational Performance.

He is a 1980 graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and, after an internship in general surgery and a residency year in internal medicine, he completed his post-graduate training in anesthesiology.  He was the chief resident in anesthesiology and completed all of his postgraduate training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Williams joined the UAB Department of Anesthesiology after his training and practiced anesthesia at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, a 617-bed Level I Trauma and teaching hospital for over 20 years.

He is a former board chairman of the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation and from 2006 to 2008 he was the Chief Medical Officer for the St. Vincent’s system in Birmingham, Alabama and chairman of Ascension Health’s Physician Informatics Committee and the Task Force on Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes. Dr. Williams is a 2001 graduate of the Alabama School of Law and a member of the Alabama State Bar. He completed the MBA program at Samford University in 1995 and is a former medical director for Alabama Power Company.

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