It wouldn’t be proper
to recognize American Heart Month, and to celebrate Black History Month without remembering Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.
“Dr. Dan” is responsible for performing the first successful open heart surgery, and is the founder of Chicago’s Provident Hospital. In the late 1800’s when Dr. Dan was around there weren’t hospitals open to serve the needs of Blacks in America. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams’s techniques are still utilized around the country, and he also created the first interracial nursing program at Provident. Cardiology wouldn’t be the same without his innovations, and for that we say, “Thank You.”
To learn more about the success and life of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams check out this article featured in biography.com, or you can just watch the video below.