1858 – Born on January 18th in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. American physician and founder of Provident Hospital in Chicago, credited with the first successful heart surgery.
1883 – Williams graduated from Chicago Medical College.
1884-1893 – He served as surgeon for the South Side Dispensary and physician for the Protestant Orphan Asylum.
– In response to the lack of opportunity for blacks in the medical professions, he founded the nation’s first interracial hospital, Provident, to provide training for black interns and the first school for black nurses in the United States.
1892-1898 – He was a surgeon at Provident and surgeon in chief of Freedmen’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., where he established another school for black nurses.
– It was at Provident Hospital that Williams performed daring heart surgery on July 10th.
– Williams’ procedure is cited as the first recorded repair of the pericardium; some sources, however, cite a similar operation performed by H.C. Dalton of St. Louis.
1889-1899 – He was professor of clinical surgery at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a member of the Illinois State Board of Health.
1903-1912 – Williams later served on the staffs of Cook County Hospital and and St. Luke’s Hospital, both in Chicago.
1913 – Williams became the only black charter member of the American College of Surgeons.
1931 – Died on August 4th in Idlewild, Michigan.