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Famous Physicians from Brazil

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List of notable or famous physicians from Brazil, with bios and photos, including the top physicians born in Brazil and even some popular physicians who immigrated to Brazil. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Brazilian physicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physician from Brazil is included when available.

People on this list include Drauzio Varella and Juscelino Kubitschek.

This historic physicians from Brazil list can help answer the questions "Who are some Brazilian physicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicians from Brazil?" These prominent physicians of Brazil may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Brazilian physicians.

Use this list of renowned Brazilian physicians to discover some new physicians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    José de Souza Meirelles

    José de Souza Meirelles is a gastroenterologist and the father of Fernando Meirelles....
  • 27

    José Moura Gonçalves

    Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)
    José Moura Gonçalves (1914–1995), Brazilian physician, biomedical scientist, biochemist and educator, one of the pioneers of biochemistry in the country. Moura Gonçalves studied medicine in Belo...  more
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    Juscelino Kubitschek

    Dec. at 74 (1902-1976)

    BirthplaceDiamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    BirthplaceDiamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuseˈlinu kubiˈtʃɛk dʒi oliˈvejɾɐ]; 12 September 1902 – 22 August 1976), known also by his initials JK, was a prominent Brazilian...  more
  • 29

    Ley Sander

    Josemir W. Sander, also known as Ley Sander, is the ES Professor of Neurology and Clinical Epilepsy at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology of University...  more
  • 30

    Luciano Endrizzi

    Dec. at 65 (1921-1986)

    BirthplaceRovereto, Italy

    BirthplaceRovereto, Italy

    Luciano Giuseppe Felice Endrizzi (born January 8, 1921, Rovereto, Italy; d. May 1986, São Paulo, Brazil) was an Italian Brazilian physician and surgeon. who became one of the most respected...  more
  • 31

    Manuel de Abreu

    Dec. at 68 (1894-1962)

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Manuel Dias de Abreu (January 4, 1894 – January 30, 1962) was a Brazilian physician and scientist, the inventor of abreugraphy, a rapid radiography of the lungs for screening tuberculosis. He is...  more
  • 32

    Marco Antonio Zago

    Age: 74



    Marco Antonio Zago (b. January 11, 1946, Birigüi, São Paulo) is a Brazilian physician and prominent medical scientist, who is active in the fields of hereditary diseases of the blood (hemoglobins,...  more
  • 33

    Mário Coutinho

    Age: 65
  • 34

    Mario Roberto Dal Poz

    Age: 70



    Mário Roberto Dal Poz is a Brazilian physician and researcher, that worked as coordinator of the "Health Workforce Information and Governance" program at the World Health Organization in Switzerland...  more
  • 35

    Maurício Rocha e Silva

    Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)



    Maurício Oscar da Rocha e Silva (19 September 1910, Rio de Janeiro – 19 December 1983, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil) was a Brazilian physician, biomedical scientist and pharmacologist. He discovered...  more
  • 36

    Miguel Osório de Almeida

    Dec. at 62 (1890-1952)



    Miguel Osório de Almeida (September 1, 1890; December 2, 1952. both in Rio de Janeiro) was a noted Brazilian physician and scientist, brother of another scientist, Álvaro Osório de Almeida, both...  more
  • 37

    Miguel Rolando Covian

    Dec. at 79 (1913-1992)



    Miguel Rolando Covian (September 7, 1913 – February 5, 1992), was an Argentine-Brazilian physiologist, medical educator and writer....  more
  • 38

    Moacyr Scliar

    Dec. at 74 (1937-2011)

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    Moacyr Jaime Scliar was a Brazilian writer and physician. Most of his writing centers on issues of Jewish identity in the Diaspora and particularly on being Jewish in Brazil. Scliar is best known...  more
  • 39

    Napoleão Laureano

    Dec. at 37 (1914-1951)
    Napoleão Rodrigues Laureano (August 22, 1914 – May 31, 1951) was a Brazilian cancer specialist. Napoleão Laureano Hospital in João Pessoa, Paraiba is named for him....  more
  • 40

    Oswaldo Cruz

    Dec. at 45 (1872-1917)

    BirthplaceSão Luiz do Paraitinga, Brazil

    BirthplaceSão Luiz do Paraitinga, Brazil

    Oswaldo Gonçalves Cruz, better known as Oswaldo Cruz (Portuguese pronunciation: [ozˈvawdu ˈkɾus]; August 5, 1872 in São Luís do Paraitinga, São Paulo province, Brazil – February 11, 1917 in...  more
  • 41

    Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa

    Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)
    Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa (March 30, 1917 – March 24, 2010) was a noted Brazilian physician, biologist and geneticist. Oswaldo Frota-Pessoa was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he did all his studies, first...  more
  • 42

    Pedro Luiz Napoleão Chernoviz

    Dec. at 70 (1812-1882)
    Pedro Luiz Napoleão Chernoviz (Piotr Czerniewicz, September 11, 1812 – August 31, 1882), was a physician, scientific writer and publisher. He was born in Łuków (Poland) and immigrated to Brazil in...  more
  • 43

    Quintiliano de Mesquita

    Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)

    BirthplaceJoão Pessoa, Brazil

    BirthplaceJoão Pessoa, Brazil

    Quintiliano H. de Mesquita (Quintiliano H. Guedes de Mesquita) (1918 – October 28, 2000), Brazilian physician and scientist, was born in João Pessoa, state of Paraíba. Your parents were Odilon...  more
  • 44

    René Rachou

    René Rachou was a Brazilian physician and researcher on malaria who was the director of the Institute of Malariology of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He also worked with the...  more
  • 45

    Ricardo Renzo Brentani

    Dec. at 74 (1937-2011)
    Ricardo Renzo Brentani (21 July 1937 – 29 November 2011) was a noted Brazilian physician, scientist and university professor. He was made a Grand Cross of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit in...  more
  • 46

    Rinaldo de Lamare

    Dec. at 92 (1910-2002)
    Rinaldo de Lamare (1910 in Santos, São Paulo – 2002 in Rio de Janeiro) was a Brazilian physician specialized in pediatrics and a bestseller writer of books on child health and care for the general...  more
  • 47

    Rogério Carvalho Santos

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceSergipe, Brazil

    BirthplaceSergipe, Brazil

    Rogério Carvalho Santos (born August 2, 1968) is a Brazilian physician and politician current serving as Deputy in Chamber of Deputies of the Brazilian state of Sergipe. He is a former State Surgeon...  more
  • 48

    Sérgio Henrique Ferreira

    Age: 86



    Sérgio Henrique Ferreira (October 4, 1934 – July 17, 2016) was a Brazilian physician and pharmacologist noted for the discovery of the bradykinin potentiating factor, which led to new and widely used...  more
  • 49

    Silvano Raia

    Dr. Silvano Raia is a Brazilian surgeon who specializes in liver diseases. He is a professor emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (FMUSP). Raia was the first doctor to...  more
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    Dec. at 57 (1954-2011)
    Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD (19 February 1954 – 4 December 2011), simply known as Sócrates, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. His...  more

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