Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was an African- American surgeon. He performed the second documented, successful pericardium surgery in America. Dr. Williams founded Provident Hospital in Chicago, which was the first non-segregated hospital in the United States.
Daniel was born in 1856. He passed away in 1931. His father was Daniel Hale Williams Jr. (NOTE: The father was a free man of mixed ancestry. His father was a barber and his mother was a Scots-Irish woman.)