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Several famous actors, athletes, musicians, and politicians have attended medical school. Some of these celebrities graduated with M.D.s while others dropped out of college to pursue alternative careers. One of the NBA's biggest stars even went to medical school before focusing on basketball. This list of famous people who went to med school has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person who attended medical school? Che Guevara tops our list. The revolutionary figure attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires in the late-1940s. It was while Guevara was traveling South America for medical school that he became inspired to fight for the rights of people in Latin America.

Several athletes also went to medical school. Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006 and gymnast Amy Chow graduated with her medical degree from Stanford in 2007. 

Two-time NBA Champion Pau Gasol is an example of a celebrity dropping out of medical school to pursue a different career. Other celebs who were initially pursuing medical degrees from prestigious colleges include Dexter Holland and Jay Sean.  

Are you surprised that so many famous people went to med school? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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Revolutionary figure Che Guevara attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires in the late-1940s.

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Age: Died at 39 (1928-1967)

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Author, Physician Revolutionary

Credits: The Motorcycle Diaries, Che: Part One, Che: Part Two, Carnet de identidad

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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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Congressman Ron Paul attended Duke University School of Medicine and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.

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Age: 81

Birthplace: Green Tree, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Author, Physician

Credits: BrĂ¼no, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, America: Freedom to Fascism, An Inconvenient Tax

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Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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The Hangover actor Ken Jeong graduated from medical school at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. He is licensed as a physician in California.

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Physician, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Hangover, Community, The Hangover Part II, Despicable Me 2

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1969.

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Age: Died at 66 (1942-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Film Director

Credits: Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, ER, The Lost World: Jurassic

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle attended the Edinburgh University Medical School from 1876-1881.

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Age: Died at 71 (1859-1930)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Profession: Poet, Politician, Novelist, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Lost World, Young Sherlock Holmes

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Dexter Holland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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The Offspring singer Dexter Holland began attending the USC Keck School of Medicine in 2013.

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Garden Grove, USA, California

Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Singer

Credits: Idle Hands, Offspring: Americana, Offspring: Huck It

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Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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Spiritual guru Depak Chopra received his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1968.

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Eurasia, India, New Delhi

Profession: Public speaker, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Physician Actor, + more

Credits: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Decoding Deepak, One, Rooted in Peace

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 15 Famous People Who Went to Med School
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NBA player Pau Gasol attended medical school at the University of Barcelona, but he quit to focus on his basketball career. 

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Profession: Basketball player, Actor, Athlete

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