HISTORICALLY BLACK: DANIEL HALE WILLIAMS

Posted: February 2, 2011 by Jay Rasean in Kasual
Daniel Hale Williams
1858-1931

Not to be confused with Vivian Thomas; who was also a pioneer in cardiac surgery (portrayed by Mos Def in the movie “Something the Lord Made”), Daniel Hale Williams was the FIRST African-American cardiologist. Williams is credited for performing one of the first-if not thee first, cardiac surgery in 1893. Despite the disapproval of his colleagues; who were against the surgery, the new process was indeed a success which allowed the patient to enjoy a longer-lasting life.

Employed at many prominent hospitals throughout his amazing medical career, Williams also co-founded the National Medical Association (NMA) the oldest and largest organization which represents African American physicians as well their patients. The next time you go to the doctor’s office, and you think “Man, I hope I don’t get a black doctor”, just remember that we have been a constant variable in the medical field for quite sometime-there is no need to worry, you’re in good hands.

Not only have have African-Americans been a staple in the various medical fields, we have been instrumental in the furthering of medical knowledge–allowing the the advancement of the practice as a whole.Daniel Hale Williams is a shining example of the importance of African-Americans in society-and a reason why black history should be a year ’round event.

PEACE!

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