Bill is a professor of surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. As the holder of the Carla and Paul Bass Professorship in Medical Education and the Ernest Poulos, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Surgery, his passion is teaching. Bill is an expert in surgically treating abdominal disorders and benign soft tissue diseases. He says, "Better care comes from asking questions and researching the answers and then asking more questions." His research interests include gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic diseases.
After receiving his medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine, Bill completed his residency in general surgery at UT Southwestern. He served in the United States Air Force Reserve Medical Corps for two years and in the Medical Corps Active Duty for three years. He spent the first 18 years of his academic medicine career at UT Southwestern before moving on to Indiana University School of Medicine for six years. In 1998 he became the James D. Hardy Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, virtually rebuilding the program. He also was a professor at the University of Mississippi School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. Bill returned to UT Southwestern in 2007.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Dallas County Medical Society, the Parkland Surgical Society, the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the Texas Medical Association, and the Southern Surgical Association, among other professional organizations.
He and his wife, Toni, live in Dallas.
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be given at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 6 during Alumni Weekend.