Dr. Shawn Williams has been named the medical director of Willingway, the addiction recovery center announced Tuesday.
Williams succeeds Dr. Bobby Mooney, who had been medical director since 1995.
Williams joined Willingway as staff physician in 2011 and was named director of medical education in 2013. He is dedicated to educating and empowering patients who are affected by alcohol and drug addiction.
"After 40 years of dedicated service to Willingway in many capacities, Dr. Bobby remains an active member of the Board of Trustees and continues to have valuable input on Willingway's future endeavors," said Barbara Reid, the CEO of Willingway.
Williams received his Bachelor of Science degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene College in 1997. He attended medical school at the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Kentucky. Upon graduation, he completed his residency at St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio. He became board certified in addiction medicine in December 2012.
In his work, Williams strives to educate the public and health professionals on addiction and addiction recovery. He has spent many hours conducting presentations on addiction medicine at national and local conferences.
"Our staff and Board of Trustees are excited about the expertise and insight Dr. Williams brings as the medical director as well as the director of medical education," Reid said. "We look forward to his leadership and guidance for our staff as we continue to put the care of our patients as our No. 1 goal."
Williams is married to Lisa and they have two children, Taylor, 11, and Makalah, 9. The family enjoys going to church, bowling, hiking and exercising together.
Willingway was founded in Statesboro by Dr. John and Dot Mooney in 1971. Dot and John's four children, Dr. Al J. Mooney III, Jimmy Mooney, Dr. Bobby Mooney and Carol Lind Mooney, remain on the Board of Trustees and are involved in the operations of the rehabilitation center.