Dr. Joseph H. Williams is the consummate physician leader, community servant, and example of humility mixed with strength. He leads with US Naval Medicine discipline, a Western-independent mindedness, and Southern congeniality. At Idaho Urologic Institute he has helped build an incredible medical practice that truly sets the bar in our community. He listens closely before speaking and hands out strong encouragement to those he leads. His community involvement spans from organizing the medical badge training for Boy Scouts of America to the Volunteer Physicians Network.
Dr. Williams is a board-certified urologist and founding member of the Idaho Urologic Institute and the Medical Director of the Surgery Center of Idaho. A native Idahoan, he graduated from the University of Arkansas and completed his internship in surgery and his urology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He also served in the military for 10 years and is a decorated Naval veteran in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
During his tenure as ACMS president in 2015, he refocused the organization on prioritizing early career physicians and addressing physician burnout, resulting in our Physician Vitality Initiatives and counseling program. He remains instrumental in pushing forward various initiatives around physician well-being and is a strong advocate for policies that treat doctors and medical staff with professional courtesy.
His medical community leadership roles are numerous and include:
Dr. Williams was selected as the 2017 ACMS Physician of the Year.