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.
Revolutionary figure Che Guevara attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires in the late-1940s.
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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Congressman Ron Paul attended Duke University School of Medicine and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.
Birthplace: Green Tree, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Profession: Politician, Author, Physician
Credits: Brüno, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, America: Freedom to Fascism, An Inconvenient Tax
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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.
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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Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1969.
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
#11 on The Best Suspense Authorssee more on Michael Crichton
Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle attended the Edinburgh University Medical School from 1876-1881.
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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The Offspring singer Dexter Holland began attending the USC Keck School of Medicine in 2013.
Birthplace: Garden Grove, USA, California
Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Singer
Credits: Idle Hands, Offspring: Americana, Offspring: Huck Itsee more on Dexter Holland
Spiritual guru Depak Chopra received his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1968.
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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NBA player Pau Gasol attended medical school at the University of Barcelona, but he quit to focus on his basketball career.
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Profession: Basketball player, Actor, Athlete
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