Message from the Chair

Dr. David Williams - Chair, Department of Surgery & AHS Zone Clinical Department Head of Surgery

Congratulations to Dr. David Williams, appointed as the new Chair, Department of Surgery and the Alberta Health Services Zone Clinical Department Head of Surgery, for a five-year term commencing December 1, 2016.

Dr. Williams is a proud Edmontonian and Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry alumnus. During his residency, he obtained a MSc in Experimental Surgery, with the work completed at the University of Alberta and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was also a clinical fellow in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at McMaster University.

Since his return to the University of Alberta in 1999, Dr. Williams has served with distinction within the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services as Residency Program Director for General Surgery, Zone General Surgery Section Chief, General Surgery Division Director and Associate Chair, Department of Surgery. Currently, he holds the prestigious position of Governor for the American College of Surgeons, and he is the Gold College Learning Steward for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, one of the most successful and sought-after programs to date.

Thank you to the selection committee for the time invested and the contributions that made this appointment possible. We also want to thank and commend outgoing Chair, Dr. Douglas Hedden, for his excellent leadership and commitment during the past 10 years, guiding our Department of Surgery as one of the best in Canada.