Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Pfizer Internal Medicine. In this role, he leads a Medical Affairs organization of approximately 700 medical colleagues around the globe supporting Pfizer’s efforts and portfolio in Internal Medicine. Dr. Williams joined Pfizer in January 2004 as a Director, Regional Medical & Research Specialists working in the HIV disease area. After moving into a Team Leader position in July 2005, he served in various leadership roles during his career at Pfizer, most recently serving as the Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer Rare Disease for five years. Dr. Williams received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Following a 2-year fellowship in Health Services Research at UCLA and a brief academic career as an Instructor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, he spent 8 years in private practice caring for HIV-positive patients while maintaining an academic appointment at the UCLA School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Kevin has a Master’s in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Dr. Kevin Williams learned about patient centricity before it was a term from the best of the best – his father, one of the first African-American physicians in his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. Be it nature or nurture, he has loved serving patients his entire life – from hands on interactions in an HIV medical practice after graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine to research and policy that addressed and advanced critical issues focused on access to care for patients and the impact of access on outcomes. Earning a Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health and a Law Degree from Harvard Law School helped him see the need to serve patients in a different way. He joined Pfizer in 2004 working in the field medical organization to support Pfizer’s efforts in HIV. Moving through various roles of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as the Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer’s Rare Disease business unit for five years, Dr. Williams is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer’s Internal Medicine business unit and now leads a global organization of approximately 700 purpose-driven medical professionals. Collectively, his organization urgently and intentionally create the essential two-way communication between people living with and impacted by rare diseases and people working to discover and share the breakthrough science that will address their unmet medical needs. Dr. Williams loves his job and feels proud that he is living his purpose, like his dad taught him, serving patients one person at a time.