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

People here include everything from Michael Servetus to Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

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

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Abbas Ibn Firnas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 77 (810-887)
Abbas ibn Firnas, also known as Abbas Abu al-Qasim ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas al-Takurini, was an Andalusian polymath: an inventor, physician, engineer, Andalusian musician, and Arabic-language poet. ...more

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Abiathar Crescas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Abiathar Crescas was a 15th-century Jewish physician and astrologer from the Crown of Aragon. He was head astrologer to King John of Aragon, father of King Ferdinand of Aragon. Crescas was a ...more

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Abraham ben David Caslari is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Abraham ben David Caslari
Abraham ben David Caslari was a Spanish-Jewish physician. He lived at Besalu, Catalonia, in the first half of the fourteenth century. Caslari was considered one of the most skillful physicians ...more

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Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 77 (936-1013)
Abu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi, also known in the West as Albucasis, was an Arab Muslim physician and surgeon who lived in Al-Andalus. He is considered the greatest medieval surgeon ...more

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Aguirre Cabañas M.D. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Aguirre Cabañas M.D. age 70

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Ibn al-Baitar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 51 (1197-1248)
Ibn al-Bayṭār al-Mālaqī, Ḍiyāʾ Al-Dīn Abū Muḥammad ʿAbdllāh Ibn Aḥmad was a pharmacist, botanist, physician and scientist. His main contribution was to systematically record the additions made ...more

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Andrés Laguna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 60 (1499-1559)
Andrés Laguna de Segovia was a Spanish humanist physician, pharmacologist, and botanist.

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Antonio de Gimbernat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Antonio de Gimbernat Dec. at 82 (1734-1816)
Antonio de Gimbernat was, born in Cambrils, Spanish surgeon and anatomist. He is known for laying the groundwork for modern techniques of inguinal hernia repair. He also described in detail the ...more

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Antonio Ponce de Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Antonio Ponce de Santa Cruz Dec. at 71 (1561-1632)
Antonio Ponce de Santa Cruz was the court physician in the royal courts of Philip III and Philip IV. Antonio was the son of Alonzo de Santa Cruz, a famous Spanish cartographer, instrument maker ...more

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Arnaldus de Villa Nova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 76 (1235-1311)
Arnaldus de Villa Nova was a physician and a religious reformer. In the past also he was thought falsely to be an alchemist and an astrologer. He was born in the Crown of Aragon, probably ...more

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Avempace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 43 (1095-1138)
Avempace is the Latinate form of Ibn Bâjja, full name Abû Bakr Muḥammad Ibn Yaḥyà ibn aṣ-Ṣâ’igh at-Tûjîbî Ibn Bâjja al-Tujibi, a medieval ...more

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Averroes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 72 (1126-1198)
Averroës is the Latinized form of Ibn Rushd, full name ʾAbū l-Walīd Muḥammad Ibn ʾAḥmad Ibn Rušd, a Berber medieval Andalusian polymath. He wrote on logic, Aristotelian and Islamic ...more

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Bahiel ben Moses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Bahiel ben Moses
Bahiel ben Moses was a Jewish physician of the thirteenth century. He was court physician to King James I of Aragon, and in that capacity was present at the conquest of Majorca, where he ...more

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Benjamin Musaphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Benjamin Musaphia Dec. at 69 (1606-1675)
Benjamin ben Immanuel Musaphia, also called Benjamin Musaphia or Mussafia and Dionysius, was a Jewish doctor, scholar and kabbalist. Musaphia was probably born in Spain. He married Sara Abigail ...more

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Diego Álvarez Chanca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Diego Álvarez Chanca
Diego Álvarez Chanca was a physician and companion of Christopher Columbus. Chanca was a physician-in-ordinary to Ferdinand and Isabella, which is how he was introduced to Columbus. He ...more

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Eufemiano Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Eufemiano Fuentes age 74
Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes is a Spanish sports doctor, well known for being implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case.

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Felipe Trigo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Felipe Trigo Dec. at 52 (1864-1916)
Felipe Trigo was a 20th-century Spanish writer. He studied Medicine in Madrid and practised in several villages in Extremadura. He later become a member of Military Health Corps and he was ...more

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Fernando Arrabal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
age 86
Fernando Arrabal Terán is a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet. Arrabal was born in Melilla, Spain, but settled in France in 1955; he describes himself as ...more

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Francisco Bravo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Francisco Bravo
Francisco Bravo was a medical author, the author of the first medical book published in America as far as is known. His Opera Medicinalia etc. was published at Mexico, 1570. Three years before, ...more

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Francisco Hernández de Toledo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Francisco Hernández de Toledo Dec. at 73 (1514-1587)
Francisco Hernández de Toledo was a naturalist and court physician to the King of Spain. Hernández was among the first wave of Spanish Renaissance physicians practicing according ...more

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Gerónimo de Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Gerónimo de Santa Fe
Jerónimo de Santa Fe was a Spanish physician and religious writer who after conversion to Catholicism, wrote in Latin as Hieronymus de Sancta Fide. Born Yehosúa ben Yosef ibn ...more

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Gómez Pereira is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 67 (1500-1567)
Gómez Pereira was a Spanish philosopher, doctor, and natural humanist from Medina del Campo. Pereira worked hard to dispel medieval concepts of medicine and proposed the application of ...more

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Gregorio Marañón is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 73 (1887-1960)
Gregorio Marañón y Posadillo was a Spanish physician, scientist, historian, writer and philosopher. He married Dolores Moya in 1911, they had four children. An austere, humanist ...more

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Hasdai ibn Shaprut is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Hasdai ibn Shaprut
Hasdai ibn Shaprut born about 915 at Jaén; died about 970 at Córdoba in Spain, was a Jewish scholar, physician, diplomat, and patron of science. His father, Isaac ben Ezra, was a ...more

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Ibn Tufail is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicians from Spain
Dec. at 80 (1105-1185)
Ibn Tufail was an Andalusian Muslim polymath: a writer, novelist, Islamic philosopher, Islamic theologian, physician, astronomer, vizier, and court official. As a philosopher and novelist, he is ...more