William Schirmer, M.D., M.P.H.
Tulane University School of Medicine; Billy grew up in Dublin, Ohio. His love of mountains took him to Colorado where he attended UC-Boulder for undergrad. As the son of a surgeon, he did everything he could to rebel against the expectations of pursuing a career in medicine. After graduation, curiosity took him to Quito, Ecuador where he worked in a school for the working children of Quito and their families. The resilience of the families and their acceptance of Billy into their community flipped his worldview upside down and took him down the path towards a career in service. His next stop was New Orleans where he received an MPH in Global Health. After an internship in Peru and year of working with children in Columbus his journey returned to the beautiful city of New Orleans for medical school. During school, he worked with an amazing group of students, physicians and community members to establish a free clinic for Latino immigrants. On Sundays, he ran his soccer program for kids in the neighborhood with instruction in both Spanish and English. His professional passion is trying to understand life through the lens of a physician and his relationship with people he is lucky to call his patients.
Alumni Year: 2020