Who Did The First Open Heart Surgery
In the summer of 1893, Dr. Williams became a national hero when he performed open-heart surgery on an African American man who had been shot in his chest and left for dead by racist whites.
When Was The First Open Heart Surgery
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American surgeon who had wanted to be a doctor since he was 12 years old when his father took him for medical advice about stomach trouble and became hooked on the profession from there. The first successful open-heart surgery in Chicago’s history took place July 9th 1893 with James Cornish as patient – who came into town after being stabbed at barroom brawl (and of course lived!).