In honor of Valentine’s Day, what better day to talk about… hearts! This blog is all about Daniel Hale Williams, who was an African-American general surgeon and was the second person to perform a documented, successful pericardium surgery in the United States to repair a wound.
Education and Career
Williams would first become a shoemaker, and then, Williams took up working at the family barbershop. He would ultimately decided he wanted to pursue his education. Williams worked as an apprentice with Dr. Henry Palmer, and then continue training at Chicago Medical College.
Later in his career, he would volunteer as a clinical professor at Meharry Medical College for at least 20 years and become a charter member of the American College of Surgeons in 1913.
Ironically, he would die of a stroke in 1931.
Recognitions and Honors
Today, Williams’s work as a pioneering physician and advocate for an African-American presence in medicine continues to be honored by institutions worldwide for his role in cardiac surgery.
Resources: Biography.com BlackInventors.com Wikipedia.com