Famous Physicians from South Africa

List of notable or famous physicians from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top physicians born in South Africa and even some popular physicians who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African 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 South Africa is included when available.

This list has a variety of people, like Robert Broom and Abdullah Abdurahman, in it.

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

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  • Abdullah Abdurahman
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    Abdullah Abdurahman (18 December 1872 – 2 February 1940) was a South African politician and physician, born in Wellington, South Africa. He was the first coloured city councillor of Cape Town, and leader of the anti-segregationist movement African Political Organization established in 1902.
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1872-1940)
    • Birthplace: Wellington, South Africa
  • Ali Bacher

    Aron "Ali" Bacher (born 24 May 1942) is a former South African Test cricket captain and an administrator of the United Cricket Board of South Africa.
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Dion O'Cuinneagain

    Dion O' Cuinneagain (born 24 May 1972 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a former rugby union player who represented both South Africa and Ireland. Since retiring as a rugby player, O' Cuinneagain has worked as a doctor and as a rugby coach.
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
  • George Getzel Cohen

    Dr. George Getzel Cohen was born in 1927. He attended Parktown Boys' High School and the University of the Witwatersrand. After this, he founded Harry's Angels, an innovative flying doctors project which flew specialists from South Africa to Swaziland through the 1970s, bringing free specialist treatment to an impoverished country. The kingdom of Swaziland had few specialists of its own at that time, relying on general practitioners for all medical work. Cohen, a Johannesburg radiologist, approached Harry Oppenheimer, a mining magnate with progressive views, to provide small airplanes to fly surgeons and other specialists from Johannesburg to Mbabane for weekends where they would donate ...more
    • Age: 96
    • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Ivan Toms
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    Ivan Toms

    Ivan Toms (11 July 1952 – 25 March 2008) was a South African physician, who battled the Apartheid era government as a prominent anti-Apartheid and anti-conscription activist. At the time of his death in 2008, Toms was serving as the Director of Health for the city of Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1952-2008)
    • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jack Suchet (10 May 1908 – 9 September 2001) was a South African-born English consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, who carried out research on the use of penicillin in the treatment of venereal disease with Sir Alexander Fleming in London. He was the father of newsreader John Suchet and actor David Suchet.
    • Age: Dec. at 93 (1908-2001)
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa