Carlos D. Williams, (Res. ’02) M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is a U.S. Health Affairs Attache posted to the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and an active duty commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Albany State University and his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Dr. Williams completed a residency in Internal and Pediatric Medicine at Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center. He continued his education at Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care, executive faculty development program, and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earning a master’s of business administration degree from its Carey Business School and master’s of Public Health degree from its Bloomberg Schools of Public Health. He also earned an international diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University in New York City.
Before the appointment to his current position, Dr. Williams served as the U.S. Navy Surgeon General’s Special Advisor for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response, and liaison to the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences as the director of Education and Civil Military Medicine for the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as head of Pediatrics and staff Internal Medicine physician caring for military personnel and Iraqi civilians. He has served as deputy director of the Military Enteric Diseases Program at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Md., and was principle investigator and associate investigator on several first-in-human vaccine trials.
Dr. Williams has been U.S. Health Affairs Attache for the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea, since October 2012.
He is an assistant professor for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, an adjunct professor with Morehouse School of Medicine, and holds clinical and academic appointments with Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
In May 2015, Dr. Williams was selected to be one of 60 members of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, a new leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton and George W. Bush to help their communities and the nation. The six-month, executive-style program was to begin at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Among his honors, Dr. Williams received a Presidential Unit Citation for his work in Iraq and a Presidential Citation from the National Medical Association in 2011. He has also received three commendation medals from the Navy and Marine Corps, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the 2005 Graduate Medical Education Teacher of the Year Award.