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Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM, Chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Mark V. Williams

Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM, most recently served as Chief Quality and Transformation Officer at University of Kentucky HealthCare, Director for the Center for Health Services Research Chief Quality & Transformation Officer for the UK HealthCare system, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Williams graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed a Faculty Development Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Woodruff Leadership Academy at Emory, the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice at Harvard, and the Advance Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare's Institute for Health Care Delivery Research.

Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program for a public hospital in 1998 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and built three of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998–2007), Northwestern (2007–2013) and the University of Kentucky (2014-2019). A Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients.

He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Consumer Reports. Notably, he also served as Principal Investigator for SHM’s Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions). Grant funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois and other foundations, supported dissemination of Project BOOST to nearly 200 hospitals across the U.S. In 2015, he became the principal investigator (PI) on Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence), funded with a $15 million contract from PCORI. With a history of more than $34 million in grants and contracts as principal or co-principal investigator and 150+ peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Williams’ research focuses on quality improvement, care transitions, teamwork and the role of health literacy in the delivery of health care.