Charitable Work and Involvement
Discover How Dr. Edwin Williams Gives Back to New York and the World
Dr. Edwin Williams has a deep and abiding commitment to offering surgical support for patients who do not have insurance or cannot otherwise afford surgery. He has a strong belief that a child should not start early childhood—especially when first attending school—with a disadvantage if it can be easily addressed with plastic surgery and/or laser treatments.
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In 1994, Dr. Williams co-founded an Albany Medical Center-based clinic to treat birth defects and developed new, more effective laser treatment guidelines for very specific symptoms of vascular malformations, including port wine stains and infantile hemangiomas. This treatment protocol database is still used today to find the best approach to such defects, which are noncancerous blood vessel growths that can disfigure the body, including the face or head.
Dr. Williams also donated office space, resources, and other administrative services for the administration of this program.
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With similar dedication, Dr. Williams offers complimentary consultations and cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic violence. With his staff's support and that of Face to Face: The National Domestic Violence Project, which is sponsored by the National Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Williams helps remove the physical scars of an abusive relationship.
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With his research and understanding of this issue, and spurred on by the high-profile Nicole Simpson Brown case, Dr. Williams was instrumental in establishing the guidelines for Face to Face: The National Domestic Violence Project for the care and treatment of domestic violence victims which are still used today.
Dr. Williams strongly believes that helping victims look better on the outside is just part of the healing process and worked with the Face to Face program to set criteria for pro bono treatment, such as patients receiving counseling and be out of the abusive relationship for one year.
Dr. Williams Helps Domestic Violence Victim
Dr. Williams has hosted several fundraising events and raffles to benefit the Face to Face program and local nonprofit organizations serving domestic violence victims, raising approximately $100,000 over the past seven years.
Taking a firm stand and actively working against domestic violence, Dr. Williams hopes his efforts bring further attention to the impact of domestic violence.
After the recent devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, Dr. Williams and his staff organized donations such as generators, batteries, flashlights, and food from patients and local sources for hard-hit St. Thomas, where he has strong community ties, as he opened a practice there two years ago.