Being Black

First African American to perform Heart Surgeon


  • 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.Β 

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