Spotlight: Kim A. Williams


Dr. Kim Williams

James B. Herrick Professor 
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Williams is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  He specializes in cardiology, cardio-nutrition, cardio-rheumatology, cardio-nephrology, preventive cardiology and cardiovascular radiology. He has served on numerous national committees and boards including serving as the President of the American College of Cardiology, President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is also the founder of the Urban Cardiology Initiative in Detroit, Michigan to reduce ethnic heart care disparities, and continues community-based efforts in Chicago at Rush, including the H.E.A.R.T. program (Helping Everyone Assess Risk Today), screening for heart disease and intervening with education, nutrition and lifestyle changes.  He has been a delegate for cardiology to the American Medical Association for over 20 years and has served as a consultant for the FDA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

His current professional focus is on preventive cardiology, specializing in synthesizing data on cardiovascular risk and mortality due to nutrition.  He has become a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, including over 600 publications, online resources, movies and lectures, most recently on the topic of cardionutrition.  He has been a perennial selection by America’s Top Doctors since 2001 and has received awards include lifetime achievement recognition from ABC (Daniel D. Savage Award), ASNC (Mario Verani Lecturer), National Lipid Association (Lifetime Membership Award), and the German Cardiac Society (Gold Key Recipient and Keynote Lecturer).  He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention (

A native of Chicago’s South Side’s inner-city schools, and a former professional tennis player and national tennis coach, Dr. Williams has over 40 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and physician focused on nutrition, national and international health care disparities, health care delivery, and advanced cardiac imaging.