Black History Month: A Tribute to Dr. Dan
Pioneer In Medicine, Black Health Justice, and Heart Surgery
There can’t be a better focus for the month of hearts and Black history than Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, known as Dr. Dan to his patients.
As a black doctor, he was frustrated blacks were not allowed in white hospitals. So, he opened Provident Hospital in the late 1800’s–the first hospital with an integrated staff and open to black patients.
He later became chief of surgery for Freedmen’s Hospital where he made amazing advances to improve mortality and quality of life for former slaves.
In his day, Black doctors could not be part of the American Medical Association. So, he and a few of his colleagues started the National Medical Association, a professional association for black medical professionals.
Dr. Dan was a pioneer in health and in history for medicine and the betterment of African Americans. We are honored to share his story as part of Black History Month.
Thank you, Dr. Dan.