- Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was born on January 18,1856 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
- Williams set up his own practice in the south of Chicago and taught anatomy at hi alma mater.
- He became the first African American physician to work for the city’s street railway system.
- May of 1891, Williams opened Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses.
- It was the nation’s first hospital with a nursing and intern program that had a racially integrated staff.
- Williams didn’t stop there. In 1893 he operated on James Cornish, a man with a severe stab wound to his chest.
- William was one of the first people to successfully perform an open-heart surgery.
- Cornish lived many years after the operation.
- In 1895, he co-founded the National Medical Association, a professional organization for black medical practitioners.