At age 31, about to achieve his dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon to elite athletes, Herman Williams  experienced a life-changing event that left him depressed and disabled. With the love and support of family, friends and mentors, Williams reinvented himself – and created a deeply fulfilling life and career that helps more people than he ever could have imagined in his original dream.

“CLEAR!” Living the Life You Didn’t Dream Of is both a memoir and a “how-to” guide – with exercises and action steps – designed to help the reader create their own best life possible.  

The book includes The Kindness Scale, a system Dr. Williams created that urges readers to do activities from a simple (“Smile”) to major (“Perform CPR”) activities that will make a positive impact on other people’s lives – and an impact on the giver, as well.

Dr. Williams said that CLEAR!recounts “my 25 year journey to find my way back to a new dream. A journey that embraced my illness, and allowed me to find joy in life. A journey that lead me to my true mission in life today.”


  • Herman’s epiphany – and what it took to get there
  • How does someone come back from a rare heart disease that results in a cardiac arrest at 31 year of age… and another catastrophic illness in his fifties?
  • Discovering your true mission in life – your first step
  • Finding joy in adversity – three surprising ideas
  • The domino effect of The Kindness Scale
  • Five ways to bring grace, gratitude and immense joy into your life – TODAY!
  • How Kindness can solve the great divide


Herman Williams is the Managing Director of the BDO Nashville Healthcare Advisory Practice and is a leader in the BDO Institute for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. He has extensive experience as a senior hospital executive with healthcare expertise that includes the management and operations of large and small-scale, national clinics and hospitals. His successful leadership has resulted in achieving the highest and safest levels of quality inpatient and outpatient care.

Dr. William’s long tenure in healthcare began as a Healthcare Manager of the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen from 1994 -1997. From there, he went on to start his own consulting company, Herman Williams Consulting, from the ground up. As President, Dr. Williams helped deliver physician hospital organizational development and medical staff redesign consulting services including credentialing, bylaws and accreditation preparedness for a national client base. He joined the Greeley Company in 1997 as an External Peer Review Medical Director and Senior Consultant and oversaw over 200 national, external peer reviews across multiple specialties.

Dr. Williams then began his 18 year hospital operations career which spans Rural and Major Urban cities as well as small and large facilities. In his most recent position as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at RegionalCare Capella Health (RCCH) Healthcare Partners, Dr. Williams has spearheaded the implementation of Physician Leadership Groups (PLGs) at all RCCH facilities, implemented the strategy for RCCH to become a system of “High Reliability Organizations (hospitals)” nationally and oversees all quality initiatives and multiple Medical Staff Affairs solutions.

Dr. Williams holds a Doctor’s of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. He is a Board Certified Coach and holds the advanced coaching certificate of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Dr. Williams currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife of 27 years and his 22 year old son. He enjoys golfing and is an accomplished musician.


“Herman Williams’ story of survival and triumph in the face of repeated medical crises will leave the reader inspired to tackle his or her own life challenges. ‘CLEAR!’ demonstrates that with faith and determination, anything is possible.” – Bill Frist, MD, former US Senate Majority Leader

“CLEAR! … enables you to find clarity in the chaos of life, especially if you’re going through a catastrophic challenge such as illness, death of a loved one, financial problems, job loss, or an injury. – Richard Manson, CEO, SourceMark LLC

“This gripping, inspirational story of the triumph of the human spirit by a superb physician, leader, family man and healthcare executive reminds in vivid detail that our lives are never to be taken for granted. A story nothing short of remarkable is characterized by grit, love, perseverance and faith.” – Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, President, SUNY Brooklyn Downstate Medical Center, President Emeritus, American College of Physicians

“This very impressive narrative about Herman’s resilience is a love story with a great message that will embolden people to get up, try again, and commit to helping others. It’s extremely inspiring.” – Dr. Augustus White, Harvard Medical School