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A directory of world famous physicians and their comprehensive biographies.

Physicians or doctors have always been a very respected and revered group of people. The reasons for this are quite obvious; they have always been the healers and the voice of the necessity for good health. Due to the advancements in the understanding of medicine, physicians are generally categorized under various specialties like cardiologists, radiologists, internal medicine, surgeons and many more. These, however, are not the only classification of doctors. There are medical practitioners who practice traditional methods of healing; methods like Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine. The science of medicine has seen great advancements in the past and even more so in recent times; all of which have been the result of the work of some dedicated people. A list of such people would include names like Frederick Banting, who was famous for his work with insulin, Elizabeth Blackwell, she was the first woman in the US to get a medical degree and laid the foundation for the entry of women into medicine and Harvey Cushing, a neurosurgeon who is widely accepted as the father of brain surgery in its current form. The following is a list of the biographies, including trivia, timelines and the life stories, of many such men and women.
Adrian Kantrowitz Adrian Kantrowitz

Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz was an eminent surgeon and a pioneer in the field of pediatric cardiology. He and his team of surgeons performed the ...

Alfred Adler Alfred Adler

Alfred Adler was a renowned physician and psychotherapist who contributed greatly to the field of human psychology. He is the founder of the ...

Alfred Blalock Alfred Blalock

A personality of great stature and repute, Alfred Blalock was an American surgeon who went on to defy all norms and customs of medical science. ...

Barry Marshall Barry Marshall

A Nobel Prize laureate, Barry James Marshall is an Australian physician, who along with Dr Robin Warren made the historic scientific discovery, ...

Ben Carson Ben Carson

Ben Carson, now a retired American neurosurgeon and acclaimed author, was the first man to have successfully separated conjoined twins who were ...

Benjamin Rush Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush was one of the major political leaders who participated in the American Revolution and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence ...

Carl Jung Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung was a famous psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded the school of analytical psychology. He was a multifaceted ...

Carlo Urbani Carlo Urbani

Italian epidemiologist Carlo Urbani was the first person who identified SARS as a highly contagious disease. He worked as an infectious disease ...

Charles Best Charles Best

Charles Herbert Best was an American-Canadian scientist who is remembered as the co-discoverer of insulin, one of the most important milestones ...

Charles Horace Mayo Charles Horace Mayo

Charles Horace Mayo was a famous, American practitioner and surgeon. He specialized in cataract and goiter operations. One of his biggest ...

Charles. R. Drew Charles R. Drew

Charles Richard Drew was a famous American physician, surgeon and medical researcher, who is still remembered for his outstanding innovations ...

Christiaan Barnard Christiaan Barnard

It was on the historical third day of December in the year 1967 when Christiaan Barnard added a new glorious chapter to the pages of medical ...

Christiaan Eijkman Christiaan Eijkman

A renowned Dutch physician and a Nobel Prize winner, Christiaan Eijkman’s research work on beriberi disease resulted in accidental discovery ...

Cicely Saunders Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders was a renowned nurse, physician and social worker. She was credited for introducing the idea of “total pain” through which ...

Clarence Walton Lillehei Clarence Walton Lill...

A pioneer in open heart surgery, Clarence Walton Lillehei was an American cardiac surgeon who was part of the team that performed the world's ...

Daniel Carleton Gajdusek Daniel Carleton Gajd...

Daniel Carleton Gajdusek was a famous physician and researcher. He was the first one to provide an elaborate medical description of the ...

Denton Cooley Denton Cooley

American cardiologist Denton Cooley is the surgeon who performed the world’s first implantation of a total artificial heart. During the 1960s ...

Elizabeth Blackwell Elizabeth Blackwell

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree from an American medical school, and also the first woman on the British ...

Erik Erikson Erik Erikson

Erik Homburger Erikson was a German-born American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who pioneered in the world of child psychology by ...

Frederick Banting Frederick Banting

Frederick Banting is a fabled name in the sphere of medicine. Known for his discovery of the wonder drug insulin, he went on to bring laurels ...

George Richards Minot George Richards Mino...

George Richards Minot was a famous American medical researcher. Minot pursued medicine with great passion and became interested in the study of ...

Girolamo Fracastoro Girolamo Fracastoro

Girolamo Fracastoro was a prominent Italian physician, poet and scholar in astronomy, mathematics and geography. He propagated the philosophy of ...

Guy De Chauliac Guy De Chauliac

Guy de Chauliac was a popular surgeon of the Early Medieval Period. After completing his Master’s in medicine, he rapidly ascended to the ...

Hans Asperger Hans Asperger

Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger identified Asperger’s syndrome as a mental disorder. This disorder is seen especially in children. He, ...

Hans Eysenck Hans Eysenck

Hans Eysenck was a German born prominent psychologist who professionally practiced in Great Britain and is considered one of the foremost ...

Harvey Williams Cushing Harvey Williams Cush...

Dr. Harvey Cushing was given the title of the father of modern neurological surgery as he earned a worldwide reputation in this field, bringing ...

Havelock Ellis Havelock Ellis

Henry Havelock Ellis, better known as Havelock Ellis was a British physician and psychologist who co-authored the first known textbook on ...

Henry Gray Henry Gray

Henry Gray is still remembered for his pioneering work ‘Gray’s Anatomy’, the first one of its kind. The book serves as a standard ...

Hermann Rorschach Hermann Rorschach

The Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach is well-known for developing the projective test, called the Rorschach Inkblot test. He designed a set ...

Howard Florey Howard Florey

Though Sir Alexander Fleming is credited with the discovery of a mould which developed on some germ culture plates, had it not been for Sir ...

Ian Frazer Ian Frazer

A Scottish-born Australian scientist, Ian Frazer is one of the most recognized names in the field of immunology. His eminent service in medical ...

Ivan Pavlov Ivan Pavlov

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist famous for his experiments on the digestive system of dogs which led him to discover conditional reflexes ...

Jack Kevorkian Jack Kevorkian

Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian was an American pathologist who was one of the most persistent advocates of euthanasia or assisted suicide for ...

James Paget James Paget

Sir James Paget was a famous British surgeon and physiologist considered as one of the founders of modern pathology. He is best remembered for ...

Janet Lane-Claypon Janet Lane-Claypon

Janet Lane-Claypon is known as one of the earliest physician to have received a DSc, MD and PhD from the London School of Medicine for Women. ...

Jean Piaget Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist and philosopher best known for his work on the cognitive development in children. He identified his field ...

Jean-Martin Charcot Jean-Martin Charcot

Considered as the ‘Napoleon of Neuro-Sciences’, Jean-Martin Charcot was one of the select few that went on to make it big in the world of ...

Jose Rizal Jose Rizal

Hailed as the greatest national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal was a man of strong convictions who sacrificed his life for the nationalist ...

Joseph Lister Joseph Lister

Sir Joseph Lister is a renowned English surgeon who discovered antiseptic surgery. He is distinguished as the ‘Father of Modern Surgery’ for ...

Lyman Hall Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall was an American physician and statesman, best known as one of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence, ...

Maria Montessori Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator who developed the approach of education that carries her name. She opened the first ...

Mason Andrews Mason Andrews

Mason Cooke Andrews, born in Norfolk, was indeed a man of high standards. With a perfectly set routine for his life, he was able to achieve most ...

Matthew Thornton Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton was an Irish born American physician and legislator who was one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in ...

Michael DeBakey Michael DeBakey

A pioneer in surgery, American cardiovascular surgeon Michael DeBakey was a physician, scientist, and innovator, all rolled into one. He is the ...

Norman Bethune Norman Bethune

Norman Bethune was a great physician who dedicated his services for the welfare of humanity. His works were focused mainly on the poor in ...

Orvan Hess Orvan Hess

Orvan Walter Hess was an American obstetrician and gynecologist, who developed the first, fetal heart monitor. This device allowed the ...

Paracelsus Paracelsus

Paracelsus was a renowned German physician born in Switzerland. His path breaking findings in botany and medicine made him a pioneer in his ...

Paul Farmer Paul Farmer

Paul Edward Farmer is an anthropologist and physician renowned for his efforts to provide the highest quality of medical facilities to ...

R. D. Laing R. D. Laing

Ronald David Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist born in Glasgow. He was an exceptional analyst who worked extensively on a number of mental ...

René Gerónimo Favaloro René Gerónimo Fava...

An eminent cardiac surgeon from Argentina, Dr. René Gerónimo Favaloro was the foremost surgeon who successfully conducted coronary heart ...

René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec René Laennec...

Known as the father of clinical auscultation, René Laennec is considered to be one of the greatest doctors of all times. The introduction of ...

Richard Lower Richard Lower

A pioneer of many ground-breaking concepts in medical science, Richard Lower is regarded as one of the finest physicians Oxford has ever ...

Robert Winston Robert Winston

Robert Winston is arguably one of the most accomplished academicians and medical doctors present in the world. Adorned with various high profile ...

Robin Warren Robin Warren

Australian pathologist and Nobel Laureate, Robin Warren, needs no introduction. He won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2005 for the discovery of ...

Roger Bannister Roger Bannister

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is a former English athlete, academic and neurologist. He is famous as the athlete who ran the first ...

Ron Paul Ron Paul

Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul is a physician turned politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas multiple times. His ...

Salvador Mazza Salvador Mazza

Salvador Mazza was an eminent Argentinean epidemiologist and physician. He was widely recognized for his works on ‘American trypanosomiasis’ ...

Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud

Regarded as one of the ‘most important thinkers of the last century’, Sigmund Freud is considered the father of ‘psychoanalysis’, who ...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doy...

Arthur Conan Doyle is the widely read Scottish author who created the legendary, world famous fictional character, 'Sherlock Holmes'. He ...

Theodor Billroth Theodor Billroth

Christian Albert Theodor Billroth is remembered as one of the most innovative medical surgeons and educators of 19th century. He was a leading ...

Theodor Kocher Theodor Kocher

Emil Theodor Kocher was the first surgeon to initiate the surgery of thyroid gland, hernia and abdomen. He also attained expertise in the ...

Virginia Apgar  Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar challenged and reformed the face of medicine forever. As a reputed physician and an anesthesiologist, she went on to bring about ...

William Harvey William Harvey

Most people are fascinated with how the blood circulates through the body. It was this inquisitiveness and fascination of the circulatory system ...

William James Mayo William James Mayo

William James Mayo was a renowned physician and surgeon in the United States, and was one of the founding members of the Mayo Clinic with six ...