Menlo Park, CA

Associate Chief Nursing Officer Research and Health Equity

Michelle Y. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN serves as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Research and Health Equity at Stanford Health Care (SHC), Clinical Assistant Professor and Section Chief of the Nursing Research Section, Division of Primary Care Population Health, Department of Medicine, at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Williams is the founding president of the Stanford Medicine Black Nurses Association Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). She holds executive board and committee chair appointments within the NBNA. Dr. Williams is also a member of the American Case Management Association board of directors, where she contributes to building case management standards for social health needs. She has over 30 years of executive, research and leadership experience as a chief nurse executive, director of maternal child health, director of mental health and forensic psychiatry, director of nursing administration and operations, director of quality assurance performance improvement, director of nursing academic and grant-funded programs, regional senior health plan director, and national director of technology innovation and research, among others.


In her current role as Executive Director, Health Equity and Research at SHC, Dr. Williams founded and leads six divisions, including Clinical Trials Research Operations & Practice and Enterprise Expansion; Academic Nursing and Patient Care Research; Health Equity Research; Research Operations and Strategy; Research Quality and Compliance; and Nurse and Research Scientist Faculty Appointments.


Dr. Williams holds dual appointments at Stanford University School of Medicine as faculty and Chief, Nursing Research Section within the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health. Williams earned her bachelors and master’s degrees in nursing from the Holy Names University, Oakland, California, and a Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and is a Fellow of the Amercian Academy of Nursing.


A longstanding health policy and systems scientist, Dr. Williams has advanced research, catalyzed transformation, and empowered stakeholders at complex health care organizations, to advance actionable research to strengthen health systems—for resilience, responsiveness and readiness in fostering personalized medicine, care delivery excellence, and equity to all populations.

Upcoming Conferences

Nursing & Healthcare 2022
Nursing Leadership: Empower, Engage, Excel 2024
Theme: The Journey Into the Future of Nursing
Los Angeles, USA
April 22-23, 2024


Prof. Dr. Anouar Alami
Prof. Dr. Anouar Alami
Professor, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Moroco.
Prof. Dr. Leticia M. Estevinho
Prof. Dr. Leticia M. Estevinho
Braganca, Portugal
Professor, Dept. of Biology & Biotechnology, School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (ESA-IPB), Portugal.
Nirbhay Kumar, Ph.D.
Nirbhay Kumar, Ph.D.
Washington DC, USA
Professor, Dept. of Global Health, The Milken Institute School of Public Health, USA.
Prof. Istvan Toth
Prof. Istvan Toth
Brisbane, Australia
Chair in Biological Chemistry & Professor of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland (UQ)
Robyn Nelson, PhD, MS, RN
Robyn Nelson, PhD, MS, RN
California, USA
Dean of Nursing, CNI College, USA
Dr. Oara Neumann
Dr. Oara Neumann
Texas, USA
Research Scientist at Rice University, Texas, USA
Dr. CecIle Jugroot
Dr. Cecile Malardier-Jugroot
Ontario, Canada
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and VP Research, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario
Dr Clare Hoskins
Dr Clare Hoskins
United Kingdom
Reader at University of Strathclyde, UK
Samer Hussein, Ph.D.
Samer Hussein, Ph.D.
Québec, Canada
Professeur adjoint, Département de Biologie Moléculaire, Biochimie Médicale et Pathologie
Donald Davidoff
Dr. Donald Davidoff, Massachusetts, USA
Massachusetts, United States
Chief, Department of Neuropsychology at McLean Hospital, Assistant Professor Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jean-Yves Masson
Dr. Jean-Yves Masson
Quebec, Canada
Full Professor, Université Laval
Dr. Donna Hedges
Donna Hedges, PhD, MSN, MBA, CNE
Texas, USA
Assistant Dean, Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio, Texas
Adele Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Executive Dean of Healthcare Initiatives at Capella University
Dr. Oliver J. Morgan, Professor Scranton, PA , Counseling & Human Services University of Scranton
Oliver J. Morgan, Ph.D., LMFT, MAC
Professor Scranton, PA , Counseling & Human Services University of Scranton
Dr. Hank Hill
Hank C. Hill, MD, Surgical Oncology
Florida, USA
Fellowship-Trained Surgical Oncologist Board Certified General Surgeon
Prof.Dr. Fusun Terzioglu (RN, Msc, PhD) Atilim University
Ankara Province, Turkey
Dean of Faculty of Health Science, Ankara, Turkey
Dr. Subbaya Subramanian
Dr. Subbaya Subramanian
St. Paul, USA
Professor, Department of Surgery University of Minnesota Medical School
Hilal Arnouk
Hilal Arnouk, MD, PhD
Chicago, USA
Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology at Midwestern University
Reezena H. Malaska
Dr. Reezena H. Malaska, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN
Florida, USA
Critical Care Educator/Clinical Instructor/Professor
Dr. Myron Szewczuk
Myron R. Szewczuk, Ph.D.
Ontario, Canada
Professor of Immunology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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