I am excited to announce that Dr. Makeba Williams has accepted our offer to become the Vice Chair for Professional Development and Wellness. Clinically, she will join the faculty in the division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology as an Associate Professor.
Dr. Williams has provided extensive departmental leadership in her current role as Director of the Division of Academic Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ASOG) and an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
As Director, Dr. Williams led the division’s clinical and academic programs. She led the ASOG division through a comprehensive workforce redesign in an effort to improve work–life integration, resulting in enhanced productivity and synergy between the academic and clinic missions of the division.
“Dr. Williams is a strategic thinker with remarkable vision. We are delighted she is joining our department to create innovative programs for professional development and wellness.”Dineo Khabele, MD
In addition to practicing the full scope of general obstetrics and gynecology, she has clinical expertise and special interest in the care of menopausal and midlife women and has earned the designation of Certified Menopause Practitioner from the North American Menopause Society. She founded the UW Health Menopause Clinic: a multidisciplinary clinic that includes residents from Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine and Community Health, and General Internal Medicine.
She is a consummate educator, bringing her obstetrics and gynecologic expertise to the classroom, clinic, and community. Dr. Williams is committed to academic medicine and incorporates medical students and residents in all aspects of her clinical and surgical practice.
At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Williams successfully recruited award winning faculty educators to lead the new medical student teaching curriculum and improve the obstetrics core curriculum for residents. She implemented a nocturnal obstetrics hospitalist program to reduce nighttime call responsibilities, improve physician satisfaction, and enhance resident education.
Dr. Williams is the proud wife of Damond Williams Boatwright and mother of Damond Jeremiah and Shelby. She enjoys traveling with her family, and is an avid reader and golfer.
Dr. Williams will join the faculty and assume her Vice Chair role on September 1, 2022. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Williams to Washington University in St. Louis!
Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine