Inspired by numerous role models and his love for people, Dr. Frank Williams at a very young age envisioned becoming a physician and engaging in research that would change human health in the world: “I wanted to find a cure for cancer and win a Nobel Prize.” His curiosity, passion for learning, and love of science eventually lead him to Howard University where at age twenty four he earned his M.D. degree.
Upon completion of his Internship and Residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Dr. Williams became a certified specialist in Internal Medicine, and Diplomate of The American Board of Internal Medicine and National Board of Medical Examiners. He then served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine with University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Dr. Williams served as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor with The American Heart Association for over 25 years and is currently certified as an ACLS Provider. He has been certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) by the American College of Surgeons. He has also been a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Williams served as an attending physician on the staff of most major hospitals in Honolulu and trained hundreds of health professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, medical students, nurses, nurse practitioners, and emergency medical personnel throughout his career.
His passion for learning has continued throughout his career. “Education never ends in Medicine. I continue to ask questions and seek answers to those questions. New doors open as you learn.” As a physician, Dr. Williams evolved from the “bedside to the bench”, receiving specialized training across multiple disciplines of science. He earned certificates in Mass Spectrometry, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, and Molecular Biology Techniques. His special interests include Stem Cells, Pharmacogenomics, Structural Biology, Proteomics, Immunology, and MALDI imaging. “The key to stopping killer diseases is understanding how these diseases evolve and function at the molecular level from an inter-disciplinary scientific perspective.”
As Founder, Program and Technology Director and Executive Editor of The Hawaii Institute of Molecular Education
, Dr. Williams held an international presence, educating physicians and scientists as far away as China about new and emerging technologies in the prevention, detection, and treatment of human disease. The Hawaii Institute of Molecular Education, under Dr. Williams’ guidance, was the research institute responsible for multiple publications in the peer reviewed journal, PLOS 1.