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About Dr. Williams

Walter W. Williams, MD, MPH, Director
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)
Walter W. Williams, MD, MPH, Director, CDC OMHD
Professional Profile
Dr. Williams is the Director of CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.  In this position, he serves as the principal advisor to CDC executives on minority health and health disparity issues and the focal point for coordination of CDC’s support of executive branch and White House health disparity initiatives.

Dr. Williams has held a number of leadership positions during his over 29 years at CDC including Chief, Guideline Activity, Hospital Infections Program, NCID; Editor pro-tem of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Chief, Child and Adult Immunizations Section, Division of Immunization, National Center for Prevention Services; Coordinator of CDC's Adult Immunization Initiative; and Chief, Adult Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (AVPDB), Epidemiology and Surveillance Division, National Immunization Program (NIP), CDC.
Dr. Williams has published extensively and spoken at regional and national symposia on topics related to epidemiology, public health, and preventive medicine.  He holds faculty appointments at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Emory University School of Public Health, is Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow, the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Williams received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University in 1973, and in 1978, the M.D. degree and an M.P.H. with a major in Health Services Administration from the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, respectively.  After completing residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, he served two years in CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), then completed the CDC Residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

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