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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Diversity and Inclusion

The Daniel Hale Williams Society

Daniel Hale Williams Society Steering Committee members Quentin Youmans, MD, Chief Medical Resident and 2015 FSM graduate, Clyde Yancy, MD, vice dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and John Franklin, MD, associate dean for diversity, inclusion and student support, welcome the class of 2022 at a picnic hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Daniel Hale Williams Society of the Feinberg School of Medicine was created in 2018 as part of an overarching and broad commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Demographic data show that the field of medicine does not approach the diversity of our patient base in Chicago or in the U.S. more broadly. As one initiative, we wanted to address the recruitment of African-American males into the medical profession. A recent report from the American Association of Medical Colleges indicates that numbers of African American males in medicine have remained stagnant for the past 40 years. According to the report, Altering the Course, Black Males in Medicine, in 1978, 1,410 black men applied to U.S. medical schools. In 2014, that number was 1,337. Findings of the report also show that in 1978, there were 542 black male matriculants to MD-granting institutions. In 2014, that number was 515.

 The Daniel Hale Williams Society has launched several initiatives to promote and facilitate African American male career development and matriculation to medical school. The Society's Board Members are prominent campus leaders who proactively identify promising students at the undergraduate level, provide career mentorship and guidance, and encourage applications to Feinberg. The Society hosts interviews, campus tours, and revisits to campus and also provides scholarship support for promising medical students. If you are interested in learning more about the Daniel Hale Williams Society or any of our other initiatives and programs to diversify medicine, please contact us at Admissions-specific questions may also be sent to

 Daniel Hale Williams, MD, was Feinberg's first African-American graduate and faculty member, and one of the most noteworthy physicians of the 20th century. He was the first black fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the principal founder of the National Medical Association. Williams founded Provident Hospital in Chicago, the first black-owned and -operated interracial hospital in the country in 1891. He performed one of the world's first successful heart operations in 1893, and was appointed surgeon-in-chief at Freedman's Hospital, Washington, D.C., in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland.

Daniel Hale Williams Society Steering Committee Members

James Chandler, MD
Marco Ellis, MD
John Franklin, MD 
James A Hill, MD
Roopal Kundu, MD
Ike Okwuosa, MD
Thomas L Pitts, MD
Diane Wayne, MD
Stephen Watson, MD
Clyde Yancy, MD
Quentin Youmans, MD


Dr Okwuosa and students present at a Cardiology Conference
Ike Okwuosa, MD, professor of Medicine in the division of Cardiology, and his mentees present research at a national cardiology meeting

Dr Youmans with mentees at event
Feinberg medical students pose with Feinberg alumnus, Quentin Youmans, MD, at a recent mentoring event for the class of 2023