Richard Williams M.D.: Biography/Education

Associate Professor; Residency Program Director

Department of Family and Community Medicine


  • 1995: BS Biology, Angelo State University, TX
  • 1999: MD, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, TX
  • 2002: Residency, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine


Dr. Williams joined the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine family medicine faculty in 2002. Dr. Williams spent 6 years as the residency program director from 2004 - 2010, and took over as program director again in 2017.  Dr. Williams is a graduate of the National Institute for Program Director Development and brings a wealth of experience to the Program Director position.  Dr. Williams is very involved in patient care and teaching of our medical students and resident physicians. 

Personal Info

I grew up in Odessa, TX where they drill for oil and play high school football. I attending Angelo State University for undergraduate and I completed medical school at Texas Tech University.  I then came to Reno for residency in 1999. I was hired on as faculty after residency. I met my wife, Tammy (a Reno native), while in residency. We have a son and daughter that keep us very busy.

Passions/hobbies: Woodworking, boating, snow skiing. Professional: Health care screening, residency education/administration, hospital medicine

Why UNR?:  Reno is a great town and our residency is a strong program with history, but I'm at UNR MED because of the fantastic people I get to work with.

Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye-Ha!, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

Quote: "You can observe a lot just by watching"--Yogi Berra

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