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Consultant, Lecturer, Patient Safety Expert, Author

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PROFESSIONAL:

  • Board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon and anesthesiologist.
  • President, Wisconsin Oral Surgery Society, 1977-79.
  • Hospital Executive Committee member, 1974-76, 1980-82.
  • Medical peer review experience, formal peer review proceeding, 1976.
  • Medical malpractice expert witness, (initially as second surgeon multiple times).

Oral Surgery Training Highlights

  • Anesthesia training by Dr. Jacoby who organized the first department of anesthesia at Ohio State Un. 1947 (father of recovery rooms, ICU and Code Blue)
  • Performed 35 autopsies during pathology rotation (6 months).

MILITARY

  • USAF Reserve – Retired major, senior navigator/bombardier (23 years)
  • Active duty 1953-57, assignments: Korea, Japan, FL, SC, LA, AK. Trained in delivery of tactical atomic weapons.
  • Squadron Commander, Wing Headquarters Squadron, 461st Bomb Wing, Blytheville, AFB, AK, 1956-57. Also Summary Court Martial Officer.
  • Activated for Cuban Crisis out of internship, 1962. (Presidential Unit Citation).
  • Air Force Academy Liaison Officer, 1974-76
  • Served in Air Force Reserve, and TN and WI ANG, 1957-76.
  • Private pilot and have flown a gilder, takeoff to landing June 1965 (Sully – NYC).

Thinking Outside the Box? I Did That 42 Years Ago!

  • 1970 - Solely organized first major surgical mini-residency for the surgical correction of jaw deformities in Madison, WI. Oral surgeons from five states participated. Second mini-residency was at Parkland Hospital, Dallas and third at their sister training program, Fort Worth and later expanded throughout the oral surgery training programs. This was probably the first major surgical mini-residency of any surgical specialty in the nation.
  • 2003 – American College of Ob/Gyn – “if we only had mini-residencies”.
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K-9 AFB Pusan (Busan) Korea 1954

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Available in hardcover, softcover and Kindle versions.

IOM Crossing Quality Chasm

53 Recommendations/6 Books

“Dr. Ira Williams’ book … is not only an excellent examination of the current problems in the American healthcare system, but also the description of a possible solution. The book is clear-cut and straightforward in the remedies it offers, breaking down complex issues in such a way that they are understandable to any reader, and then illustrating clearly the ways these issues can be addressed. … It is both very informative and highly engaging while also being rather convincing in its argument. Dr. Williams’ book has the potential to change a lot of minds about the way healthcare is viewed in the United States today.”

—Denis Boyles, author and editor

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Our health care system has been developed like a weed patch, with no master plan; and that system's various components have, each in their own way, contributed to the current health care mess in the United States today. Merely changing how health care is paid for and made available will still leave our health care system with no real regulation and control of the quality of health care. In Misdiagnosed! Dr. Ira Williams--experienced surgeon, anesthesiologist, medical malpractice expert witness, medical peer reviewer, and insurance consultant--brings to light many of the issues that plague our health care system and offers practical solutions, not only for those in the medical profession, but also for average citizens, about how to understand and better the structure of health care in America.

"This is an MD who needs to be listened to. Very few are willing to sacrifice their standing among their peers to speak out and tell the truth. The medical-legal system is broken and needs a complete re-working to keep patients safe. The med-mal and medical misconduct legal discovery process will never work until full transparency in documentation and truly transparent informed consent is required and regulated from outside of the very broken system that is preventing transparency." -D.S.

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Dr. Williams presents a practical solution to the medical malpractice "crisis" that seems so real. This book has changed my assumptions about the medical community. - K McGregor

A very well constructed discussion on a pressing and immediate topic. Dr William's book offers a qualified perspective in a clear framework while providing a unique recommendation on how to solve this growing problem impacting every American. I strongly recommend it as a must read to anyone with an interest in medical malpractice...both medical professionals and everyday patients alike. - james_789

"This is an MD who needs to be listened to. Very few are willing to sacrifice their standing among their peers to speak out and tell the truth. The medical-legal system is broken and needs a complete re-working to keep patients safe. The med-mal and medical misconduct legal discovery process will never work until full transparency in documentation and truly transparent informed consent is required and regulated from outside of the very broken system that is preventing transparency." -D.S.