Surgeon J. Ryan Williams, MD to Lead Colorectal Surgery Practice at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL – (October 22, 2021) – Bayfront Health St. Petersburg announced J. Ryan Williams, MD, will serve as director for Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Medical Group’s new Colorectal Surgery Department. This new service line will work with patients seeking support with colon and rectal related issues. Prior to this new role, Dr. Williams served as the vice chief of surgery for Bayfront Health St. Petersburg since 2020.

Dr. Williams earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, and completed a fellowship in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of South Florida’s Department of Surgery where he was chief resident in 2013 and 2014. Dr. Williams brings his experience specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques to treat colon and rectal conditions to the department.

In addition to his service at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Dr. Williams also serves as an assistant professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Williams serves on more than a dozen professional and performance improvement committees.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Williams lead this new practice.” said John Moore, president, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. “His unique experience will support our continued growth throughout the region.”


About Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910. It was acquired October 1, 2020 by Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $7.1 billion of assets under management. The hospital’s areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular, surgical services, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, maternity care and – as home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County – emergency services and trauma care.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,200-bed Orlando Health system which serves the southeastern United States through 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. Nearly 4,200 physicians, representing more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the system, which employs nearly 22,000 team members.

As a statutory teaching healthcare organization, Orlando Health hosts more than 325 residents and fellows including more than 40 who are enrolled at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Pharmacy programs.

In FY20, Orlando Health served nearly 150,000 inpatients and nearly 3.1 million outpatients. During that same time period, the organization provided approximately $760 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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