Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

CSB Emeritus Faculty


Vick Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Master Teacher


University of Texas Medical Branch, 1964




As one of a handful of faculty members who staffed the new University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio and welcomed the first class of students who entered in 1970, Dr. Williams was responsible for developing a gross anatomy course to meet the needs of the dental curriculum and for writing the dissection instructions. He directed the course for the first 22 years of its existence and has continued to contribute to the evolution of the course and materials used in its presentation. He has participated in the anatomy instruction of every first-year class of the Dental School since its inception, except for the 1993-94 academic year when he was away serving as a volunteer faculty member of the Christian Medical College at Vellore, India. Since 1993, Dr. Williams has continued his work on a volunteer basis, mainly with the faculty of the Anatomy Department of the Christian Medical College at Vellore, India, to adapt UTHSCSA instructional materials for use in other cultures and to facilitate international understanding and cooperation among anatomists.


Photo Gallery of Anatomical Sites in Italy & Spain


Photo Gallery of the Christian Medical College at Vellore, India


He taught the gross anatomy courses for first-year medical and dental students and assisted with the teaching of electives in Advanced Anatomy for fourth-year medical students. In addition, he assisted with arrangements for the History of Anatomy in situ course and the Regional Anatomy Workshop for Foreign Medical Students, both under the direction of Dr. Charleen Moore.


UT Board of Regents "Distinguished Teaching Professor"
UT Health Science Center Academy of Master Teachers
Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dental School Faculty Assembly Teaching Excellence Award
Outstanding Faculty Award, Graduating Dental Class
Director of Best First Year Dental Course
1978, 1979


Because anatomical knowledge requires some degree of visual learning, much of Dr. Williams' developmental effort has been expended in the pursuit of application of electronic media to facilitate students' acquisition of the requisite skills. Evolution of technology during the past 40 years has allowed improvement in resolution as well as efficiency. Since 2000 he has worked to develop a series of Videos of Dissection Demonstrations, designed primarily to enhance the learning experience of first-year dental students in the gross anatomy laboratory, and digitally recorded and produced by the UTHSCSA Video Productions personnel. Most recently, Drs. Patricia A. Brewer and Omid B. Rahimi have assisted with these productions, which have been funded through the GATEways collaboration. This consortium consists of faculty members from each of the five schools of the UTHSCSA who are working to develop technological enhancements of the environment in which gross anatomy learning takes place.



Pictures showing recording of the dissections:

This image shows
notations on the script,
for purposes of editing.


Here, Dr. Williams is dissecting,
Will Underwood is doing
the videorecording, and
Dr. Patricia A. Brewer is playing
segments of the audiotape of the
script to pace the videorecording.


This image shows
Dr. Williams dissecting,
Will Underwood videorecording and
Dr. Omid B. Rahimi providing
advice on the dissection.