Daniel, we have to send you away to live with your uncle.
I miss Dad.
Chicago Medical School
Open Heart Surgery
Daniel's father died of consumption forcing Daniel to be sent to live with other family members. He was learning to be a shoemaker when he ran away and was taken in by a surgeon who made him his apprentice.
Daniel later attended Chicago Medical School in 1880 to get his degree. This allowed him to open his own practice in Chicago.
Daniel Hale Williams was the first to perform open-heart surgery. He handled the endeavor by entering the chest cavity of a stabbing victim and repaired the heart sac.
American College of Surgeons
Daniel Hale Williams opened Provident Hospital in 1891 as the first interracial hospital in the United States. This gave health care to urban blacks that had not been receiving it before-hand. He also created job and training opportunities for young blacks in this hospital that led to many future doctors.
Williams took over Freedmen's hospital and introduced a surgical department. He strengthened the integrity and reputation of the hospital by improving the skillset and creating learning opportunities through public viewings of operations. This became a common practice and prepared aspiring surgeons.
Daniel Hale Williams was the first African American to be admitted into the American College of Surgeons. He became a pioneer for African Americans in the health and medical field as many were then to follow.