Rev. Matthew Ruffner Featured on "Race, Violence and Medicine" with Dr. Brian Williams

    February 13, 2020 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner

    Dr. Brian Williams is not only a world-class trauma surgeon; he is a world-class leader. If I had to guess, my first introduction to Brian was like yours, through the television screen, as he took his place at the podium at Parkland Hospital for the press conference following the police shooting on the night of July 7, 2016. 

    As Dr. Williams spoke, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that he was the surgeon on call that evening at Parkland. I was grateful that we have access to world-class surgeons of Brian’s caliber in Dallas. But, then, as he spoke, his remarks shifted from medicine to his experiences of that evening’s gun violence and then to race in America. I was deeply moved by his thoughtful, emotional, and honest reflections.  

    Dr. Williams now serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. In addition to his work as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Williams travels the country as a thought-provoking speaker sharing his unique insight on resilience, gun violence, and racial justice. He is also an opinion writer featured in the Dallas Morning News and hosts the podcast Race, Violence & Medicine 

    Several months ago, Brian invited me to be on his podcast. I was honored by his invitation, and our calendars finally aligned this past week. We were able to spend a bit of time talking about leadership and purpose. You can listen to our conversation by clicking the link below.

    This will not be the last time you hear of Brian, as we are working to bring him to PHPC in some capacity in the future.

    You can find more information and other episodes of his podcast at his website,

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