About Dr. Russell Williams
Dr. Russell Williams was born and raised in Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. It was during his undergraduate career that he decided to pursue a healthcare career. His initial interest began with cleft lips, but a colleague advised him to enter oral surgery because it would provide him the opportunity to work extensively on the facial region. He has fulfilled that goal and has been able to treat clefts during mission trips that he has taken over the last approximately 20 years.
Dr. Williams served in the Army as an oral surgeon after his oral and maxillofacial surgical training, during which he had the opportunity to work with an oral surgeon trained under Dr. Hugo Obwegeser, the Father of Modern Orthographic Surgery. He also served as the Director of oral surgical training and general dental residency at Fort Hood, Texas. Dr. Williams truly enjoys being able to help people and finds their joyous reactions to be the most rewarding part of his job.
Education & Residency
Dr. Williams attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree, earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He then continued his education at Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine and Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1975. His oral and maxillofacial residency was completed at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago in 1979. During this residency, he trained alongside world-renowned oral surgeons and gained the experience and qualifications to perform the full scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures.
Certifications & Memberships
Dr. Williams received his certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1981. As a board-certified surgeon, he has completed training above and beyond what most oral surgeons typically do before they begin to practice. Dr. Williams entered private practice in Springfield, Illinois in 1981. Dr. Williams is the past president of the G.V. Black Dental Society and former chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital. He is currently a member of the G.V. Black District Dental Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Collect of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, as well as numerous other professional association. He is currently a clinical professor at SIU School of Medicine and just retired after 14 years as a clinical professor of Oral Surgery at SIU School of Dental Medicine. He is on hospital staff at St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.
Dr. Williams has extensive experience in most areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with a current emphasis on reconstruction, pathology, dental implants, dental alveolar surgery, and office anesthesia.
Hobbies & Interests
Outside of work, Dr. Williams enjoys a variety of hobbies and activities. He was active in football through college and now enjoys “gentleman” farming and forestry. He stays fit through backpacking, bicycle riding, and enjoys baseball with his wife, son, and grandchildren.