H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day

Dr. Bruce WilliamsDr. Bruce Williams was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Acadia University and then entered Medical School at McGill University, graduating in 1955. Dr. Williams completed his internship and residency in the McGill University teaching hospitals. He was awarded a McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship and spent one year of postgraduate training in England, Sweden, and Russia. Dr. Williams was Board certified through the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Williams was Emeritus Professor of Surgery at McGill University and Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Residency Program at McGill from 1976 – 1996 and was reappointed as Residency Program Director in 2002. Over 100 residents have graduated from the Program during his tenure, many of whom completed a year of research under his guidance. His major interests have included basic laboratory research, microsurgery and hand surgery. He has been a Visiting Professor to over 70 different universities and societies throughout the world. Dr. Williams has contributed over 130 articles and book chapters to the field of Plastic Surgery.

He was Surgeon-in-Chief at The Montreal Children’s Hospital from 1992 – 2007. Dr. Williams has been internationally recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery receiving many awards including Distinguished Service Awards from Acadia University and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. He received the Ambassadors’ Club Award and Agora Trophy from the Montreal Convention Centre, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and was honoured by his peers at The Montreal Children’s Hospital with the Council of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Williams received both the Clinician of the Year Award and The Honorary Award (their most prestigious award) from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. He was Past President of many societies including the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the International Microsurgical Society. He was the only Canadian to be elected President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Williams was named to the Order of Canada in December 2014 for his work in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Regrettably, Dr. Williams passed away on March 24th, 2017. Dr. Williams had two sons, Bruce (Beatrijs) and David (Bethany) and five grandsons.


Please link to the programs for the H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day of previous years:

11th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
David G. Hunter, MD, PhD
June 1, 2021 Program (PDF)

10th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
David Andrew Spiegel, MD
June 6, 2019 Program (PDF)

9th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
Alaa El-Ghoneimi, MD, PhD
June 14, 2018 Program (PDF)

8th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
John B. Mulliken, MD
June 15, 2017 Program (PDF)

7th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
John R.W. Kestle, MD
June 2, 2016 Program (PDF)

6th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
Blake C. Papsin, MD
April 20, 2015  Program (PDF)

5th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
Thomas C. Lee, MD
June 2, 2014  Program (PDF)

4th Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
David L. Sigalet, MD, PhD
June 3, 2013  Program (PDF)

3rd Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
Randal R. Betz, MD
June 2, 2012  Program (PDF)

2nd Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
D. Douglas Cochrane, MD
June 6, 2011  Program (PDF)

1st Annual H. Bruce Williams Pediatric Surgical Research Day
Ronald M. Zuker, MD
June 7, 2010  Program (PDF)

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