List of Famous Surgeons People

List of Famous Surgeons

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List of famous surgeons, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top surgeons in the world? This includes the most prominent surgeons, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable surgeons is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic surgeons were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned surgeons.

This list below has everything from Goldsworthy Gurney to William Harkness.

From reputable, prominent, and well known surgeons to the lesser known surgeons of today, these are some of the best professionals in the surgeon field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous surgeons ever?" and "What are the names of famous surgeons?" then you're in the right place. (1021 items)

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    Rand Paul
    Photo: Rand Paul for U.S. Senate 2010

    Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is an American physician and politician from Kentucky. In office since 2011, Paul currently serves in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party. He is also a trained ophthalmologist, and is the middle son of former U.S. Representative and physician Ron Paul ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Ophthalmology, Surgeon
    • Credits: For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty
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    Mehmet Öz
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    Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality. Oz is supportive of alternative medicine, and has been criticized by publications including Popular Science and The New Yorker for giving "non-scientific" advice. Oz first appeared ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television producer, Scientist, Author, Physician, + more
    • Credits: The Dr. Oz Show, NY Med, The Truth About Food, Second Opinion with Dr. Oz, National Body Challenge, + more
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    Charles R. Drew
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    Charles Richard Drew was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II. This allowed medics to save ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1904-1950)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Researcher, Physician, Surgeon
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    Manuel Enrique Araujo
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    Dr. Manuel Enrique Araujo was President of El Salvador from 1 March 1911 through 8 February 1913.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1865-1913)
    • Birthplace: North America, Americas, Latin America, Central America, El Salvador
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Surgeon
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    Debra Janine Thomas is an American figure skater and physician. She is the 1986 World champion, two-time U.S. national champion and 1988 Olympic bronze medalist. Her rivalry with East Germany's Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, became known as the Battle of the Carmens.more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Patrick Soon-Shiong is a South African-born American surgeon, medical researcher, businessman, philanthropist, and professor at University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
    • Profession: Businessperson, Surgeon
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    Daniel Hale Williams
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    Daniel Hale Williams was an African-American general surgeon who, in 1893, performed the second documented successful pericardium surgery to repair a wound. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the United States.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1856-1931)
    • Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Surgeon, Cardiologist
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    Joseph Lister
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    Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, Bt., OM, FRS, PC, known as Sir Joseph Lister, Bt., between 1883 and 1897, was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. By applying Louis Pasteur's advances in microbiology, he promoted the idea of sterile portable ports while working at the Glasgow Royal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1827-1912)
    • Birthplace: West Ham
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
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    Goldsworthy Gurney
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    Sir Goldsworthy Gurney was a surgeon, chemist, lecturer, consultant, architect, builder and prototypical British gentleman scientist and inventor, of the Victorian era. Amongst many accomplishments, he developed the oxy-hydrogen blowpipe, and later applied its principles to a novel form of illumination, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1793-1875)
    • Birthplace: Padstow Heights, Australia
    • Profession: Chemist, Lecturer, Inventor, Architect, Surgeon, + more
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    John Barrasso
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    John Anthony Barrasso III is the junior United States Senator from Wyoming and a member of the Republican Party. He was appointed to the Senate in June 2007, following the death of Craig L. Thomas, and won a special election in 2008 to fill the remaining four years of Thomas's term. He was re-elected to ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Surgeon
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    Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus, better known as Galen of Pergamon, was a prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman empire. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen influenced the development of various scientific disciplines, including ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (130-200)
    • Birthplace: Pergamon, Turkey
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon, Philosopher
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    William Harkness
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    William Harkness was an astronomer, born at Ecclefechan, Scotland, a son of James and Jane Harkness. Harkness died in Jersey City on February 28, 1903 at the age of 66.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1837-1903)
    • Birthplace: Ecclefechan, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Inventor, Surgeon
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    Patrick Dacre Trevor-Roper, British eye surgeon and pioneer gay rights activist, was one of the first people in the United Kingdom to "come out" as openly gay, and played a leading role in the campaign to repeal the UK's anti-gay laws. He was born in Northumberland, the son of a doctor, and the brother ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1916-2004)
    • Profession: Surgeon
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    Gary Onik is the inventor of ultrasound guided cryosurgery for both the prostate and the liver. Onik treated the first liver patients with cryosurgery in 1986 and the first patient with ultrasound guided prostate cryosurgery in 1990, and has developed techniques and instrumentation that have been ...more

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    • Profession: Inventor, Physician, Surgeon
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    Atul Gawande
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    Atul Gawande MD, MPH, is an American surgeon, author, and public health researcher. He is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Professor, Author, Essayist, Physician, + more
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    Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson FRSE was a Scottish ophthalmologist and surgeon. Argyll Robertson pupil is named after him.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1837-1909)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Surgeon
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    Joseph Bancroft was a surgeon and parasitologist born in England, who emigrated to Queensland.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1836-1894)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Scientist, Physician, Surgeon
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    George Bass
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    George Bass was a British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia.more

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    • Birthplace: Aswarby, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Surgeon, Mountaineer
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    C. Everett Koop
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    Charles Everett Koop was an American pediatric surgeon and public health administrator. He was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989. According to the Associated Press, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1916-2013)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon
    • Credits: C. Everett Koop, M.D.
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    Ramón Emeterio Betances
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    Ramón Emeterio Betances y Alacán was a Puerto Rican nationalist. He was the primary instigator of the Grito de Lares revolution and is considered to be the father of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Since the Grito galvanized a burgeoning nationalist movement among Puerto Ricans, Betances is also ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1827-1898)
    • Birthplace: Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Politician, Journalist, Diplomat, Scientist, Physician, + more
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