Today We Honor Doctors:

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams


Daniel Hale Williams (18 January 1856 – 4 August 1931) was an American surgeon. He was the first African-American cardiologist, and is sometimes attributed with performing the first successful surgery on the heart. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the United States.

One Doctor: Daniel Hale Williams (1997)-DVD

Life Of Daniel Hale Williams (Pioneers in Health and Medicine) by J. Leonard Kaye

The heart man: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams by Louise Meriwether

Sure Hands – Strong Heart (The Life of Daniel Hale Williams)by Lillie Patterson

Daniel Hale Williams: Open Heart Doctor by Lewis H. Fenderson

Dr. Charles Drew


Charles Richard Drew (3 June 1904 – 1 April 1950) was an American physician and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge in developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II, saving thousands of allied lives.[1] He protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood from donors of different races since it lacked scientific foundation. In 1943, Drew’s distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery.


Dr. Charles Drew: Inventor of the Blood Bank-DVD

One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew by Spencie Love

Dr. Charles Drew: Blood Bank Innovator by Anne E. Schraff

Dr. Charles Drew, Medical Pioneer by Susan Whitehurst

Pioneer in Blood Plasma: Dr. Charles Richard Drew by Robert Lichello

Dr. Alexa Canady


Alexa Canady
First Woman and First African American to become a Neurosurgeon

Alexa Irene Canady born to Elizabeth Hortense (Golden) Canady and Clinton Canady Jr. on November 7, 1950 in Lansing Michigan. Both colleges educated her father a graduate of the School of Dentistry of Meharry Medical College, thus a highly respected Dentist in Lansing. Her mother a graduate of Fiasco University, and formerly active in civic affairs of Lansing. She also served as national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Alexa Canady and her only younger brother grew up outside Lansing along with both their parents. They were the only two black students in the entire school, creating only the beginning of her struggles with minority confrontations. In fact her last couple of years in high school coincided with the civil rights movements of the 1960’s. Despite the obstacles, Canady was an exceptional student and named a National Achievement Scholar in 1967.

An example of her non-recognition due to being black and a woman came on her first day of her residency at Yale New Hane Hospital (1975-76). She was appointed as first female and first black to a residency in neurosurgery. As she began making her rounds a hospital administrator referred to her as “the new equal-opportunity package.” Despite the remark, Dr. Canady viewed her accomplishment as a double achievement for herself and both women and African Americans.

Dr. Benjamin Carson


Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D., (born 18 September 1951) is a noted African American neurosurgeon. He became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital when he was 33 years old, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.


Dr. Carson’s Personal Website

Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk by Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis

The Big Picture by Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis

Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence by M.D., Ben Carson, Cecil Murphey

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson , Cecil Murphey

Ben Carson: World-Acclaimed Neurosurgeon-DVD

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Saturday, February 7th, 8pm EST on TNT
Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Kimberly Elise

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