Pamela Canice Williams was born May 24, 1954 in Savannah, Georgia to Celestine Gill Williams and George Campbell Williams. She departed this life on Monday, November 21, 2011, following a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
Pam, as she was affectionately called, spent her early years in Savannah, Georgia and was educated in the public schools of that city. She graduated from Beach High School in 1972 and entered Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
She completed three years of premedical undergraduate studies at Fisk before entering Meharry Medical College School of Medicine. Upon completion of her first year of medical school, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, Cum Laude, from Fisk. Pam went on to earn her medical degree from Meharry in 1981.
Pam completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at George W. Hubbard Hospital and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Williams also served as Chief Resident at the Alvin C. York V. A. Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee from 1984 to 1985. After completing residency training, Dr. Williams joined the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine faculty, rising to the rank of tenured Professor and Executive Vice Dean. She was a highly regarded expert in the field of medical education and is credited with designing and implementing the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for Meharry Medical College students. In addition, she also developed, implemented, and led the Department of Medical Education in the School of Medicine.
Over the span of her career, Dr. Williams held medical staff appointments at Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital, Columbia HCA – Columbia Care Medical Centers, Nashville, Tennessee, Baptist Hospital Convenient Care Medical Centers, Nashville, Tennessee, Jesse Holman-Jones Hospital, Springfield, Tennessee, George W. Hubbard Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee and Macon County General Hospital, Lafayette, Tennessee.
Pam was affiliated with Christ Church. In addition, she was a member of the American College of Physician Executives, Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, American College of Physicians, Association of American Medical Colleges, National Medical Association, American Medical Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Links, Incorporated.
Dr. Williams earned and received numerous honors and awards over the years, including: Meharry Medical College – Founder’s Circle Award at the 102nd, 103rd and 104th National Medical Association Conventions; First Annual Dean’s Award for Humanitarianism for outstanding service, concern, and support to medical students in 2005; Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2005; Women of Color Health, Science & Technology Award in 2002; Joseph Stinson, MD Memorial Award – Academic Medicine and Excellence in Teaching in 1999; Alumnus Faculty of the Year in 1998; and many others.
Dr. Williams was preceded in death by both parents and her brother, Nelson H. Stringer, MD., also a Meharry graduate, Class of 1978. Funeral services were held November 25 in Tennessee.