Steven Williams, MD, Makes History as First African American President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
AUSTIN, TX – Steven Williams, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin, Calif., was named president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Williams took office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society's annual scientific meeting, on Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas. Dr. Williams will serve in the position for one year.
"I am proud to lead ASPS as the first African American president of the organization," said Dr. Williams. "During this next chapter, I plan to enhance resources available to ASPS members and continue to keep patient safety at the forefront through technology and innovation, educational opportunities and a continued focus on diversity and inclusion to make reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery more accessible."
A cornerstone of Dr. Williams' plans as ASPS president will be to bring more advanced technology to ASPS's member surgeons, to further improve and advance the world of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. Another area of critical importance to Dr. Williams is diversity and inclusion. He plans to expand the organization's reach to ensure the needs of both physicians and patients from diverse backgrounds are met and that all voices are heard.
Dr. Williams earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and completed medical school and residency at Yale University, where he was the first African American to graduate from Yale's plastic surgery program. He has been an active ASPS member for more than 15 years and has served as chair of the ASPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, vice president of Aesthetic Surgery and Private Practice and vice president of Membership.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 11,000 physician members worldwide, the society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 92 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
About The PSF
The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), founded in 1948, supports research, international volunteer programs and visiting professor programs. The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of patients through research and development. The PSF accomplishes its mission by providing invaluable support to the research of plastic surgery sciences through a variety of grant programs. The PSF works in concert with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).