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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)
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Randal Howard Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American politician and physician serving as the junior United States Senator from Kentucky since 2011, alongside Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. ...more

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Mehmet Öz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Mehmet Cengiz Öz (born June 11, 1960), known professionally as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish American television personality, cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, pseudoscience ...more

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood ...more
Manuel Enrique Araujo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Dr. Manuel Enrique Araujo (12 October 1865 – 9 February 1913) was President of El Salvador from 1 March 1911 through 8 February 1913.
Debi Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Debi Thomas
Debra Janine Thomas (born March 25, 1967) is an American former figure skater and physician. She is the 1986 World champion, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national ...more
Patrick Soon-Shiong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Patrick Soon-Shiong (Chinese: 黃馨祥; pinyin: Huáng Xīnxiáng, Mandarin pronunciation: [xu̯ɑ̌ŋ ɕín ɕi̯ɑ̌ŋ]; born July 29, 1952) is an American surgeon, entrepreneur, and ...more
Daniel Hale Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Daniel Hale Williams (January 18, 1856 – August 4, 1931) was an American general surgeon, who in 1893 performed the first documented, successful pericardium surgery in the United States to ...more
Joseph Lister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912), known between 1883 and 1897 as Sir Joseph Lister, Bt., was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. Lister ...more
Goldsworthy Gurney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (14 February 1793 – 28 February 1875) was an English surgeon, chemist, lecturer, consultant, architect, builder. He was a prototypical British gentleman scientist and ...more
John Barrasso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
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Galen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Γαληνός; September 129 AD – c. 200/c. 216), often Anglicized as Galen and better known as Galen of Pergamon (), was a Greek physician, surgeon ...more
William Harkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
William Harkness (December 17, 1837 – February 28, 1903) was an astronomer. He was born at Ecclefechan, Scotland, a son of James (1803–78) and Jane (née Wield) Harkness. His father was a ...more
Patrick Trevor-Roper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Patrick Dacre Trevor-Roper (7 June 1916 – 22 April 2004), British eye surgeon, author and pioneer gay rights activist, was one of the first people in the United Kingdom to "come out" ...more
Gary Onik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Gary Onik (born February 25, 1952, in Brooklyn, New York City) is a medical doctor and inventor. He is known for ultrasound-guided procedures for treating cancer using cryosurgery.
Atul Gawande is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Atul Gawande (born November 5, 1965) is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, ...more
Douglas Argyll Robertson... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Dr Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson FRSE, FRCSEd LLD (1837 – 3 January 1909) was a Scottish ophthalmologist and surgeon. He introduced physostigmine into ophthalmic practice and the ...more
Joseph Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Joseph Bancroft (21 February 1836 – 16 June 1894) was a surgeon, pharmacologist and parasitologist born in England, who emigrated to Queensland, Australia.
George Bass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
George Bass (; 30 January 1771 – after 5 February 1803) was a British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia.
C. Everett Koop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Charles Everett Koop (October 14, 1916 – February 25, 2013) was an American pediatric surgeon and public health administrator. He was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned ...more
Ramón Emeterio Be... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
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Frederick Banting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Sir Frederick Grant Banting (November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941) was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter, and Nobel laureate noted as the co-discoverer of insulin and its ...more

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Caldwell Esselstyn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr. (born December 12, 1933) is an American physician, author and former Olympic rowing champion. Esselstyn is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (2007), ...more
Michael E. DeBakey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Michael Ellis DeBakey (born Michel Dabaghi; September 7, 1908 – July 11, 2008) was a Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and vascular surgeon, scientist, and medical educator who became the ...more
Harvey Williams Cushing ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Harvey Williams Cushing (April 8, 1869 – October 7, 1939) was an American neurosurgeon, pathologist, writer and draftsman. A pioneer of brain surgery, he was the first exclusive neurosurgeon and ...more
Andrew Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Andrew Jeremy Wakefield (born 1957) is a discredited former British doctor who became an anti-vaccine activist. He was a gastroenterologist until he was struck off the UK medical register for ...more