David Williams, M.D., was inspired to pursue medicine after an assignment as a medical physicist in the United States Navy. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1979, where he subsequently completed an internship in diagnostic radiology, a residency in radiology, and a fellowship in cardiovascular/interventional radiology. He joined the faculty as an instructor in radiology in 1983, then rose through the academic ranks, holding several leadership appointments. He was named the inaugural recipient of the Kyung J. Cho Professorship of Radiology in 2018 and received the Society of Interventional Radiology Gold Medal Award in 2020. Dr. Williams’s well-funded research focuses on opening blocked arteries and veins and the treatment of aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections. His international reputation is evidenced by more than 150 invited presentations. He is the author or co-author of 230 peer reviewed articles in major medical journals and other publications, and numerous book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Williams is an integral and much-beloved member of the Department of Radiology and a dedicated mentor to his many students and trainees. Former trainees have gone on to leadership careers of their own.