William Gary Reed, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of General Internal Medicine. He serves as the Associate Dean of Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Education. A specialist in internal medicine, he holds both the S.T. Harris Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and the Eva A. Rosenthal Professorship in Internal Medicine.

Originally from Crosbyton, Texas, Dr. Reed holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern, where he then completed his internal medicine residency training. He also received a master's degree in administrative and management sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Reed joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1980. He has held a variety of leadership positions at the Medical Center, including serving as Chief of General Internal Medicine from 1983 to 2006.

Dr. Reed’s research and clinical interests include clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and medical education and have resulted in numerous scholarly articles, abstracts, chapters, and lectures.

He is a Texas Monthly Super Doctor and a member of the American College of Physicians, Dallas County Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1977)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1978), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1980), Internal Medicine

Research Interest

  • Medical education
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement methodology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Viewing Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection as a System: Using Systems Engineering and Human Factors Engineering in a Quality Improvement Project in an Academic Medical Center.
Rhee C, Phelps ME, Meyer B, Reed WG Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2016 42 10 447-471
Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance by Changing the Safety Culture in an Academic Medical Center
Phelps, ME and Reed WG Canadian Journal of Infection Control 2016 31 4 241-248
Public reporting of patient safety metrics: ready or not?
Podolsky DK, Nagarkar PA, Reed WG, Rohrich RJ Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2014 Dec 134 6 981e-5e
Evaluation of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification System in Risk Assessment for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patients
Miller TJ, Jeong HS, Davis K, Matthew A, Lysikowski J, Cho MJ, Reed G, Kenkel JM Aesthetic Surg J 2014 34 3 448-56
An automated model to identify heart failure patients at risk for 30-day readmission or death using electronic medical record data.
Amarasingham R, Moore BJ, Tabak YP, Drazner MH, Clark CA, Zhang S, Reed WG, Swanson TS, Ma Y, Halm EA Med Care 2010 Nov 48 11 981-8
A rapid admission protocol to reduce emergency department boarding times.
Amarasingham R, Swanson TS, Treichler DB, Amarasingham SN, Reed WG Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Jun 19 3 200-4
The effect of a public hospital's transfer policy on patient care.
Reed WG, Cawley KA, Anderson RJ N. Engl. J. Med. 1986 Nov 315 22 1428-32
Effects of rapid blood pressure reduction on cerebral blood flow.
Reed WG, Anderson RJ Am. Heart J. 1986 Jan 111 1 226-8

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education
  • Headmaster of Academic Colleges at UT Southwestern
  • Patricia and William L. Watson, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians (1980)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (1980)
  • Texas Medical Association (1980)