Our Leadership Russ Williams

Senior Vice President, Texas Children’s Austin


As Senior Vice President of Texas Children’s Austin, Russ Williams is tasked with executing forward-thinking ideas to amplify Texas Children’s mission and impressive expansion into the central Texas community.

Williams brings more than 20 years of successfully navigating complex health care systems with academic components to his role with Texas Children’s latest freestanding, state-of-the-art hospital and the other Austin facilities. By the end of 2024, he expects the Texas Children’s Hospital North Austin Campus to be so busy due to the safety and quality of care provided that further growth is needed.

Known as an extraordinary visionary and key planner, his relationship-building skills serve him well in this new role. He finds that relationships are built moment by moment and time must be taken to create and maintain them. He appreciates the efforts of our government relations and philanthropy teams in helping him make connections in Austin, which have led him to new relationships. Williams notes that, “Finding mutual ground and ideally mutual benefit in many of these relationships is always my focus.”

This holds true for the entire Austin team – he is honored to be a part of a group that values authenticity, compassion and quality care at the highest level. “From our medical staff, nurses, lab team, security staff and throughout the group, we have a team full of highly skilled, very motivated and really nice people,” Williams says.

Prior to this appointment, Williams was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Seattle Children’s and led some of its largest construction and expansion plans to date. He also previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Health and Vice President, Patient Experience at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and adult Medical Center.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1996, he received a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1998.

He recharges by spending time with family, reading and playing golf.

Williams looks forward to fortifying the relationship between Texas Children’s and the local community to ensure a healthier future for children and families in Austin for generations to come.