Meet Dr. Steven Williams, the first African American president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 

Francis Akhalbey June 16, 2023
Dr. Steven Williams is described as one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons -- Photo Credit: Tri Valley Plastic Surgery

Dr. Steven Williams, a renowned Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has ticked off another accomplishment after he was elected as the first African American president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

In a press release, Williams, who is the founder of Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in California, said he was honored to be elevated to his new position and also make an impact as the first African American President of the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world.

“Presidency of ASPS is a pinnacle career achievement,” Williams said. “When you look at who has occupied that role you see the legends of plastic surgery, the people who have brought the biggest innovation, the biggest change, the biggest growth, the people that are most passionate about plastic surgery. For me personally, it’s an achievement to be the first African American person to be president at ASPS. It’s an incredible sense of honor, duty and pride. I’m really standing on the shoulders of people who came before me.”

Prior to taking on his new role, Williams had served as a board member for over 15 years as well as the organization’s Vice President of Membership. During his tenure, the Ivy League-educated surgeon spearheaded the implementation of initiatives, including integrating technology advances, growing patient safety initiatives, and increasing the size of the organization’s internal membership. Williams also oversaw the creation of COVID patient safety resources for the plastic surgery community and led the diversity and inclusion committee.

Williams officially took on his history-making role this year. The release states the seasoned surgeon intends to “ implement technology initiatives to further enhance the resources available to members, making ASPS more responsive and agile, in addition to focusing on broadening the reach of ASPS with their sister organizations.”

“With diversity and inclusion being very near and dear to Dr. Williams, he also plans to continue making sure all voices are heard and ensure ASPS is being responsive to populations becoming more diverse as well,” the release added.

Williams had his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College before heading to Yale University for medical school and residency. Besides being described as one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons, Williams is also touted for his background in technology as it makes him “a key opinion leader with a uniquely relevant perspective for modern-day plastic surgery.”

“With an ethical approach, Dr. Williams takes great interest in social issues related to plastic surgery, access to care for those needing cosmetic reconstructive surgery, and giving a voice to African American patients – leading him to form a committee for diversity within ASPS,” the release states.

Last Edited by:Annie-Flora Mills Updated: June 16, 2023


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