Faculty Profile

Keneeshia N. Williams, MD

Keneeshia N. Williams, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief Quality Officer, Emory Department of Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital

Director of Medical Student Education, Emory Department of Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital






General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Growing up in a community that often experienced gun violence provided the initial spark for Dr. Williams to eventually become a specialized trauma surgeon.

She received her MD degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and completed her general surgery residency at University of Illinois at Mount Sinai Hospital. She undertook a one-year research residency in the NIH-funded training program in trauma and burn research at the Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute of Loyola University Medical Center, and did her surgical critical care/acute care surgery fellowship at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson.

In 2017, Dr. Williams joined the Emory Department of Surgery. Her primary clinical location is Grady Memorial Hospital, where she serves as a trauma surgeon, emergency/elective general surgeon, and surgical critical care intensivist. She is also the chief quality officer for the Department of Surgery at Grady, as well as surgeon champion for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) at the public hospital.

In addition to her commitment to violence prevention outreach, Dr. Williams is highly dedicated to improving surgical education at an institutional and departmental level. She serves as director of medical student education at Grady, and is developing a quality improvement curriculum based on medical students working with established quality and safety initiatives both at Grady and across Emory.


  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Class of 2009

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Illinois at Mount Sinai Hospital, 2009-2015

  • Research Resident, NIH Training Program in Trauma & Burn Research, Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, 2011-2012

  • Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, 2015-2017

Honors and Awards

  • Performance Excellence Award for Physician Communication, Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital, 2019

  • Poster Competition Finalist, Emory University Quality Improvement Conference, 2018

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine's Surgery Section's Top Gun Jeopardy Competition, Southwest Team Member, 1st Place, 2016

  • Mount Sinai Hospital Annual Resident Research Forum, 2nd Place Oral Presentation, 2013

  • Diverse Surgeons Initiative, Selected Participant, Ethicon Endo-Surgery Institute, Cincinnati, OH, 2012

  • Merck Award for Excellence in Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2009

  • Urban Health Program Award for Academic Excellence, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American Medical Association

  • National Medical Association

  • Association of Women Surgeons

  • Society of Black Academic Surgeons

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • Association for Surgical Education

Clinical Interests

  • Trauma resuscitation

Research Interests

  • Quality improvement and patient safety in acute care surgery and trauma

  • Violence and injury prevention