On this 3rd day of Black History Month I choose to highlight Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. Dr. Williams was born January 18,1856, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams pursued a pioneering career in medicine. An African-American doctor, in 1893, Williams opened Provident Hospital, the first medical facility to have an interracial staff. He was also the first known physician to successfully complete open-heart surgery on a patient. Williams later became chief surgeon of the Freedmen’s Hospital. He also became a charter member of the American College of Surgeons in 1913. Dr. Williams experienced a debilitating stroke in 1926 and died five years later, on August 4, 1931. Today, Williams’ work as a pioneering physician and advocate for an African-American presence in medicine continues to be honored by educational institutions worldwide.