February 6, 2024

Warrior spotlight celebrates Black History Month: Meet M.D. student Koryon Williams

Koryon Williams is a member of the Warrior M.D. Class of 2027. He is president of the Student National Medical Association chapter at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Patient Resources and Education Coordinator for the Robert Frank Student-Run Free Clinic.

Koryon Williams

Williams, a Detroit native, plans to pursue a career in Anesthesiology, with a subspecialty in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia or chronic pain management.

Question: Why did you choose Wayne State University for medical school?

Answer: As a Detroit native, I consider it a privilege to receive my medical education in the heart of the city that raised me. Wayne State University School of Medicine’s commitment to clinical excellence, community engagement and research opportunities were assurances that I would graduate from here as a well-rounded physician. I also knew I would be able to make an immediate impact through the broad range of student organizations and student-run clinics that serve the underserved population.

Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved with, especially the community work you mention?

A: I serve as the Student National Medical Association Chapter president, co-president of the Black Medical Association and I am on the executive board of the Robert Frank Student-Run Free Clinic. I am also an active member of the Anesthesiology Student Interest Group, and currently am engaged in a clinical research elective. Outside of Wayne State, I spend some time mentoring through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.

Q: How has your involvement in BMA and other affinity groups or events shaped your journey as a medical student/physician in training?

A: My involvement in BMA and SNMA has helped to further foster a sense of community during my time in medical school by connecting with other students who share many of the same experiences and challenges on this journey. Additionally, I have been able to serve as a leader, and work to increase representation through programs such as our annual Reach out to Youth event.

Dunbar Hospital was the first nonprofit hospital in Detroit for the Black community.

Q: Why is celebrating/recognizing Black History Month important to you?

A: Celebrating Black History Month is essential, as I would not be able enjoy certain privileges today if it were not for those who came before me. Specifically, in the field of medicine, Black doctors have made significant contributions to propel the profession forward and enhance patient care. It is important to recognize the advancements in cardiac surgery by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the work of Wayne State’s own Dr. Joseph Ferguson, and the rich history of Detroit’s Dunbar Hospital, to name a few. Black history is American history, and it should be appreciated as such.

To suggest a Wayne State University School of Medicine student to spotlight, email Andrea Westfall at gd5273@wayne.edu.

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