Richard Allen Williams is a doctor, a teacher, an author andâ€”among other thingsâ€”the founder of the Minority Health Institute (MHI), which is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the health care needs of minorities. MHI also supports the medical community by investing in the careers of doctors through scholarships provided to minority students seeking medical degrees.
Dr. Williams has been serving the community in various roles for more than 50 years, including as acting chief of cardiology at a VA hospital, as the inaugural assistant medical director of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital, where he secured a grant to develop the King-Drew Sickle Cell Center. In addition, he founded and directed a recruitment council aimed at bringing more African American medical trainees to Boston hospitals for the first time in history and he also founded the Association of Black Cardiologists.
Dr. Williams has been involved with various organizations throughout the years, including the American Heart Association, where he served on a local board for more than 25 years. Throughout his distinguished career he has remained steadfast to his mission of improving the health of all those he serves and he has received numerous awards, including Harvard Medical School's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Williams is this week's hero because of his lifelong commitment to his patients and to raising the standard of care for all minorities. Through his organization, Dr. Williams is able to help those who might otherwise not receive the treatments and medications they need to survive.
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