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When was the first open heart surgery performed?


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On September 7, 1893, the first successful American open-heart surgery was performed by a Black surgeon, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. Dr. Daniel Williams completed the operation on a young man named James Cornish.

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The son of a barber, Daniel Hale Williams founded the first black-owned hospital in America, and performed the world's first successful heart surgery, in 1893.

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