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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
Rand Paul 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 ...more

Mehmet Öz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Mehmet Öz 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 ...more

Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Charles R. Drew 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 ...more

Manuel Enrique Araujo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Manuel Enrique Araujo Dr. Manuel Enrique Araujo 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 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 ...more

Patrick Soon-Shiong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Patrick Soon-Shiong 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 ...more

Daniel Hale Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Daniel Hale Williams 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, ...more

Joseph Lister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Joseph Lister 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 ...more

Goldsworthy Gurney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Goldsworthy Gurney Sir Goldsworthy Gurney was a surgeon, chemist, lecturer, consultant, architect, builder and prototypical British gentleman scientist and inventor, of the Victorian era. Amongst many ...more

John Barrasso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
John Barrasso 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. ...more

Galen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Galen 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 ...more

William Harkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
William Harkness 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.

Patrick Trevor-Roper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Patrick Trevor-Roper 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 ...more

Gary Onik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Gary Onik 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 ...more

Atul Gawande is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Atul Gawande 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 ...more

Douglas Argyll Robertson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Douglas Argyll Robertson Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson FRSE was a Scottish ophthalmologist and surgeon. Argyll Robertson pupil is named after him.

Joseph Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Joseph Bancroft Joseph Bancroft was a surgeon and parasitologist born in England, who emigrated to Queensland.

George Bass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
George Bass George Bass was a British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia.

C. Everett Koop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
C. Everett Koop 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 ...more

Ramón Emeterio Betances is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Ramón Emeterio Betances 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 ...more

Frederick Banting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Frederick Banting Sir Frederick Grant Banting, KBE, MC, FRS, FRSC was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, painter and Nobel laureate noted as the first person that used insulin on humans. In 1923 Banting and ...more

Caldwell Esselstyn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Caldwell Esselstyn Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr. is an American surgeon and former Olympic rowing champion. He is a "leading proponent" in the field of "plant-based diets" and starred in the ...more

Michael E. DeBakey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Michael E. DeBakey Michael Ellis DeBakey was a world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman. DeBakey was the chancellor emeritus of Baylor ...more

Harvey Williams Cushing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Harvey Williams Cushing Harvey Williams Cushing was an American neurosurgeon. A pioneer of brain surgery, he was the first person to describe Cushing's disease. He is often called the "father of modern

Andrew Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Andrew Wakefield Andrew Jeremy Wakefield is a British former surgeon and medical researcher, known for his fraudulent 1998 research paper in support of the now-discredited claim that there was a link between the ...more

Francis Daniels Moore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Francis Daniels Moore Francis Daniels Moore was an American surgeon who was a pioneer in numerous experimental surgical treatments. Among his many achievements, he refined burn-treatment techniques, helped perform ...more

Andrew Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Andrew Baldwin Lieutenant Commander Dr. Andrew James "Andy" Baldwin, USN is a US Naval Officer, ironman triathlete, humanitarian, and physician. He is best known to the American television audience ...more

Elliott Cutler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Elliott Cutler Elliot Carr Cutler CB, OBE was an American surgeon, military physician, and medical educator. He was Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Surgeon-in-Chief at Peter Bent ...more

Mary Edwards Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Mary Edwards Walker Mary Edwards Walker was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. As of 2015, she is the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor. Prior ...more

Anthony F. DePalma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Anthony F. DePalma Anthony Federico DePalma was an orthopedic surgeon, humanitarian, and teacher at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as the founder of the orthopedic department at University of Medicine and ...more

Devi Shetty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Devi Shetty Devi Prasad Shetty is an Indian philanthropist and a cardiac surgeon. He has leveraged economies of scale to provide affordable healthcare. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, third highest ...more

George Darby Haviland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
George Darby Haviland Dr George Darby Haviland was a British surgeon and naturalist. He was born at Warbleton, Sussex in England. He served as Director of the Raffles Museum in Singapore as well as being a medical ...more

Dorothy Lavinia Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Dorothy Lavinia Brown Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown, also known as "Dr. D.", was an African-American surgeon, legislator, and teacher. She was the first female surgeon of African-American ancestry from the ...more

Tobias Smollett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Tobias Smollett Tobias George Smollett was a Scottish poet and author. He was best known for his picaresque novels, such as The Adventures of Roderick Random and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, which ...more

Dominique Jean Larrey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Dominique Jean Larrey Dominique Jean Larrey was a French surgeon in Napoleon's army and an important innovator in battlefield medicine.

Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck Joseph Benjamin Stenbuck was a leading Manhattan surgeon at Sydenham and Harlem Hospital.

Samuel L. Kountz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Samuel L. Kountz Dr. Samuel L. Kountz was an African-American kidney transplantation surgeon from Lexa, Arkansas. He was most distinguished for his pioneering work in the field of kidney transplantations, and in ...more

Wilder Penfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Wilder Penfield Wilder Graves Penfield OM CC CMG FRS was a pioneering neurosurgeon once dubbed "the greatest living Canadian". He expanded brain surgery's methods and techniques, including mapping the ...more

Guillaume Dupuytren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Guillaume Dupuytren Baron Guillaume Dupuytren was a French anatomist and military surgeon. Although he gained much esteem for treating Napoleon Bonaparte's hemorrhoids, he is best known today for Dupuytren's ...more

Sid Watkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Sid Watkins Eric Sidney Watkins, OBE, FRCS, commonly known within the Formula One fraternity as Professor Sid or simply Prof, was an English neurosurgeon. Born in Liverpool, Watkins enrolled at the ...more

Lewis Archer Boswell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Lewis Archer Boswell Lewis Archer Boswell was an early aviation pioneer who some believe made the first powered heavier-than-air flight, before the Wright Brothers.

Raymond Heimbecker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Raymond Heimbecker Raymond O. Heimbecker, OC OOnt was a Canadian cardiovascular surgeon who performed the world’s first complete heart valve transplant in 1962, and Canada’s first modern heart transplant in 1981 ...more

Herbert Alexander Bruce is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Herbert Alexander Bruce Herbert Alexander Bruce FRCS, served as the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada, from 1932 to 1937. Born in Blackstock, Ontario near Port Perry, Bruce was educated as a surgeon at the ...more

Dan Foster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Dan Foster Daniel Stevenson Foster was a Democratic member of the West Virginia Senate, representing the 17th District from 2004 through 2012. He was previously a member of the West Virginia House of ...more

Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden Dr. Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden was an American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of the Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century. He was also a physician who served with ...more

Robert Winston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Robert Winston Robert Maurice Lipson Winston, Baron Winston FMedSci FRSA FRCP FRCOG FIBiol FREng is a professor, medical doctor, scientist, television presenter and politician.

Sushruta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Surgeons

James Norman, MD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
James Norman, MD

Bob Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Bob Smith Robert Holbrook Smith, also known as Dr. Bob, was an American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill Wilson, more commonly known as Bill W.

Akrit Jaswal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Surgeons
Akrit Jaswal Akrit Pran Jaswal is an Indian who performed his first surgery at the age of seven. Akrit hopes to someday continue his studies at Harvard University. He has an estimated IQ of 146. Akrit went ...more