Tuwanda Williamson M.D.
Clinical Core Faculty
Born in Delaware and bred in the Chicago area, I stayed in the Midwest and obtained my B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish from Hope College and my medical degree from the University of Michigan. I took a break from the snow and completed my residency training in sunny, Ventura California through the Ventura County Family Medicine Residency Program. I am passionate about immersing myself in different cultures, languages and people groups. This is why international service has been such an important part of my life, training and career. I have studied, conducted research, and provided routine and emergent medical care in various countries in South America, Central America, Africa and the Caribbean.
During my longest international experience in Rurrenebaque, Bolivia I served as the medical director for two years. I worked and lived among the Northeastern Bolivian Amazonian communities as part of an innovative health project providing basic health care, education, training, and potable water to isolated, indigenous people groups.
When I returned to the U.S., I remained committed to serving underserved communities and have volunteered as the medical director for more than a decade for the Bolingbrook Christian Community Clinic, a volunteer clinic serving uninsured patients in Will County.
I also enjoyed over 10 years as physician in a Federally Qualified Community Health Center on the Westside of Chicago serving a, mostly underserved, Spanish-speaking population. This experience allowed me to combine my love for teaching as faculty, in association with West Suburban Family Residency Program. It was so fulfilling to teaching family medicine residents about social justice, health equity, social determinants of health, and sustainable primary care in underserved communities, that I found it vital to introduce the same principles to future physicians at even earlier stages in their training. This is why I was an eager advocate for a progressive curriculum in medical humanities, as a Faculty Clinical Instructor for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Now I continue to enjoy teaching and mentoring resident physicians as well as caring for an underserved community, as Clinical Faculty at MacNeal Family Medicine Residency Program. In my personal time, I enjoy running after my young son and making him laugh. I enjoy bicycle riding, continuing to travel nationally and internationally, and exploring the many wonderful ethnic restaurants throughout our diverse city.