Bill Neilson, M.D.

Associate Dean of the Honors College, Clinical Professor in the Honors Program
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Associate Dean of the Honors College

Clinical Professor in the Honors Program


  • B.A. in Chemistry, Baylor University, 1976
  • M.D., UT Southwestern Medical School, 1980
  • UTD, M.S. Healthcare Management, UT Southwestern Medical School,   2010


Dr. Bill Neilson joined the Honors College in 2012. He graduated from Baylor University in 1976 with a degree in Chemistry, and in 1980 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed a general surgery residency at Parkland Hospital in 1985. Dr. Neilson received an MS in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. He currently holds clinical faculty appointments at the UT Southwestern Medical School and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. For many years he was the managing partner and president of the Amarillo Surgical Group, which served as the surgery faculty for the Texas Tech Amarillo Campus. Prior to coming to Baylor, Dr. Neilson served as the Chief Medical Office of the Baptist St. Anthony's Health System, a Baptist and Catholic co-ministry. He has also been involved in medical mission work in Belarus and holds an honorary medical degree from the Gomel State Medical University.

Academic Interests and Research

Medical ethics, healthcare policy and administration

Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and Fellowships

  • President, Ellis County Medical Society, 1988
  • Baylor Medical Center, Ennis, Texas
    • President, Medical Staff
  • Board of Directors, Medical Arts Clinic of Corsicana, 1988 to 1990
  • Baptist Saint Anthony’s Health System
    • President, Medical Staff
    • Chief Medical Officer
  • Associate Examiner, American Board of Surgery (1998, 2004, 2008)
  • American College of Surgeons
    • Delegate from North Texas Chapter to Young Surgeon’s Forum on “Clinton Health Care Reform”
  • Amarillo Surgical Group
    • President and Managing Partner, 2001-2011
  • Honorary Medical Degree, Gomel State Medical University
    • Gomel, Belarus
  • Harris Creek Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, 2013-present
    • Elder, 2018
  • Commonwealth of Independent States Church Development Foundation
    • Medical Missions—Gomel, Belarus
  • Texas Hospital Association Committee on Quality and Patient Safety, 2012
  • Baylor Fellow, Academy of Teaching and Learning

Selected Research Articles/Chapters

  • “Efficiency of autovenous reconstructions of aorto-iliac segment occlusive lesions in patients with high risk of purulent-necrotic complications” A.A. Lyzikov, J.W. Neilson, A.A. Pechenkin Novosti Khirurgii. (The News of Surgery—Belarus) 2012; Vol 20 (6): 35-40
  • “Money and Medicine”  in Guide to Becoming a Physician by Sanker, Diaz, White

View Dr. Neilson’s CV

Honors Program

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