George Rainey Williams

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George Rainey Williams

George Rainey Williams

“I enjoy teaching the medical students and residents…we do that by taking care of patients. I teach a seminar for students, and they always ask questions that make you think, and so medicine continues to be something very worthwhile to me.”
George R. Williams, 1990


George Rainey Williams was born in Georgia and attended school there until his family moved to Oklahoma City, where he graduated from Classen High School in 1944. After graduation he spent two years as a Navy V-12 student at the University of Texas at Austin before attending and graduating from Northwestern University School of Medicine (now the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) in Chicago in 1950. Dr. Williams spent the next six years in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, interrupted only by two years in the U.S. Army in Korea. Upon completion of his residency he and his family returned to Oklahoma, where he accepted an appointment to the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine as professor of surgery (1963) and head of the surgery department (1974). He also served as chief of staff at the University Hospitals.

Fun fact

Dr. Williams was the surgeon who successfully reattached the arm of Oklahoma State University basketball player Bob Swaffer when it was severed in an accident in 1962. This was only the fourth such successful procedure in world history.

Oklahoma connections

Williams came to Oklahoma City with his family in 1942.


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