Every year, nearly 16.7 million people die of cardiovascular disease. The good news is many of the deaths caused due to cardiovascular disease can be averted. Wonder how? Well, heard of the age-old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine." Timely intervention and a routine heart checkup are all it takes to keep the heart alive and beating. Luckily, America has been home to some of world's best heart centers and some equally renowned cardiologists, who have pulled off live-saving feats in the operating table. Dr. Thomas Bashore, Dr. Raymond Gibbons, Dr. Nieca Goldberg, Dr. Jonathan Halperin, Dr. Steven Nissen, Dr. William O’Neill, Dr. Stuart Russell, Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, Dr. Jonathan Tobias, and Dr. Gary Webb are just some of the new-age cardiovascular specialists who have carved a niche for themselves with their extensive and avant-garde research work. But these are not the only cardiac pioneers that America has produced. Acquaint yourselves with the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on America's greatest cardiologists in their biographies covered below.
Michael DeBakeyMichael DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac Surgeon
Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
04 October 1918
Cardiac Surgeon

Clarence Walton LilleheiClarence Walton Lillehei
23 October 1918
Pioneer of Open-Heart Surgery

Regina BenjaminRegina Benjamin
26 October 1956
Surgeon General of the United States

Paul Dudley WhitePaul Dudley White
06 June 1886
Physician, Cardiologist, University teacher
George A. SheehanGeorge A. Sheehan
05 November 1918
Officer, Cardiologist