Colonel (Dr.) Richard L. Williams is a 1990 Army R.O.T.C. graduate of The Citadel, where he received a B.S. degree in Biology-Education, and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. After completing dental school, Dr. Williams entered the Army Dental Corps and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., with a follow-on assignment, in the 101st Airborne Division, as a brigade dental surgeon. Later, he completed specialty residency training in periodontics at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.
Colonel Williams is currently serving as Commander of the Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. He serves as a principal investigator; Army Dental Corps Consultant for Dental Research; graduate student advisor and thesis committee chair, chair of the Maxillofacial Trauma Task Area Steering Committee; and member of the Defense Medical Research and Development Program, Joint Programmatic Committee on Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine. Additionally, he holds two full professor appointments in the Postgraduate Dental College of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., and is a member of the Committee on Faculty Appointments and Promotions.
His military education includes: Army Command and General Staff College; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Joint Operations Medical Managers Course; Medical Logistics Management Course; Army Air Assault School; and AMEDD Executive Skills Program.
Colonel Williams received his Ph.D. degree in Immunology from University of Illinois, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Education degrees from University of Florida. Also, he earned a Master of Science degree in oral biology from Medical College of Georgia. His current research interests include bone regeneration for maxillofacial trauma and host-modulation to treat and mitigate scar formation.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Fellow of the International College of Dentists, member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and he holds the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator in Periodontics.