Daniel Hale Williams

Birthday January 18, 1856
Birthplace Hollidaysburg, PA
Death Date Aug 4, 1931 (age 75)
Birth Sign Capricorn


African American doctor who performed the first open heart surgery in 1893. He was the surgeon-in-chief of Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C from 1893 to 1898.

Before Fame

He was the son of a free African American barber.


He founded Provident Hospital, which was the first non-segregated hospital in the United States.

Family Life

He married Alice Johnson in 1898.

Associated With

He was the first African American cardiologist, while Jackie Robinson was the first African American MLB player of the current age.


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