Dr. Daniel Hale Williams: Pioneer of Heart Surgery

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Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, born in 1856, was an American general surgeon, who in 1893 performed the first documented, successful operation on a human heart. He also founded Chicago’s Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the United States. In 1913, Williams was elected as the only African-American charter member of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Williams is a shining example of black excellence and a paramount member of medical history.

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