Makeba Williams, MD, Director of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, has accepted an offer from the Washington University at St. Louis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she will be the Vice Chair of Professional Development. Dr. Williams will depart around July 1, 2022. Please join the department in congratulating Dr. Williams on this exciting new career opportunity and thanking her for her invaluable leadership in our department!
Dr. Williams joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2015 and became director of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn in 2016. She has had a transformative impact on the ASOG Division, building a culture that respects work-life integration and supports individuals in their pursuit of a rewarding professional life. Under her leadership, the division saw an integration of midwives into the fabric of ob-gyn services, making sure patients can access a broad range of high-quality birthing experiences and actively engaging midwives in resident and medical student education. Dr. Williams also opened doors for physicians in her division to develop clinical niches in areas like breast health, dysplasia, pregnancy loss, vulvar health, menopause, and more, allowing clinicians to pursue their passions and cement our ASOG division as the top providers in our region.
During her time in the department, Dr. Williams has been a valued educator and mentor. Countless residents and faculty have benefitted from her incredible mentorship and support, and she has been honored with several teaching awards, including the CREOG Faculty Award, 2016; the Sabine Droste Award for Resident Teaching and Mentorship, 2016; and the Karl A. Rudat Award for Surgical Teaching, 2016. Her emphasis on preparing our residents to address the health needs of midlife and menopausal women will ripple out for generations to come.
Dr. Williams is a brilliant, beloved physician, a talented educator, and a powerful leader. Wisconsin’s loss is absolutely Wash U’s gain. Our thanks to Dr. Williams for the indelible mark she has left on this department. We wish her nothing but the best in her next opportunity!