Famous American Physicians

Did you know that Hippocrates was the first ever man to diss the idea that diseases were caused by evil spirits or displeasure of gods and provided a more physical and rational explanation for it, thereby laying the cornerstone for modern day medicine? (That is how we have the famous Hippocratic Oath!) While Hippocrates is revered as the "Father of Western Medicine," the modern day world owes much of its medical feats to the American physicians. Had it not been for their groundbreaking, avant-garde medical breakthroughs, the world would have never known artificial kidney or artificial blood. American physicians like Charles Horace Mayo, William Osler Abbott, Virginia Apgar, Benjamin Spock and Ben Carson have played crucial roles in making medicine what it is today. From medical inventions to life saving surgeries, let us explore the biography, timeline, trivia and facts of such famous, exemplary American physicians whose enormous contribution to the world of medicine has been boundless.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite American Physicians

 1 Bennet Omalu

Bennet Omalu
0
Famous As: Neuropathologist, Forensic Pathologist
Birthdate: August 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 2 Jill Stein

Jill Stein
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.

 3 Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta
0
Famous As: Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 4 Ben Carson

Ben Carson
2
Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

 5 Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 6 Michael Burry

Michael Burry
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Recommended Lists:

 7 Ron Paul

Ron Paul
0
Birthdate: August 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Ron Paul is a physician, author, and retired politician who has played an important role in promoting libertarian vision by delivering speeches on American college campuses. A doctor by profession, Ron Paul served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon from 1963 to 1968. His life and career inspired the 2012 film Ron Paul Uprising.

You May Like

 8 Jack Kevorkian

Jack Kevorkian
0
Famous As: American pathologist
Birthdate: May 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 2011

Jack Kevorkian was a pathologist who believed that euthanasia or mercy killing of terminally ill patients was necessary. He later claimed to have helped 130 patients die and earned the nickname “Dr. Death.” He was later convicted of murder for his role in the voluntary euthanasia of a patient.

Recommended Lists:

 9 Patch Adams

Patch Adams
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Patch Adams is an American physician, clown, comedian, author, and social activist. Credited with founding the Gesundheit! Institute, Adams advocates an alternative health care model. He also organizes volunteers who travel to various countries every year in order to bring a smile to the faces of patients, orphans, and other people.

 10 Paul Nassif

Paul Nassif
0
Famous As: Plastic surgeon
Birthdate: June 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 11 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
0
Famous As: First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to fly into space, as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. A qualified physician, she has served as a Peace Corps doctor, too. She has written several books and established a non-profit and a tech research organization.

 12 Ralph Northam

Ralph Northam
0
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 13 Russell M. Nelson

Russell M. Nelson
0
Famous As: Religious Leader, Surgeon
Birthdate: September 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 14 Sam Sheppard

Sam Sheppard
0
Famous As: Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: December 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 6, 1970

 15 Jeffrey R. MacDonald

Jeffrey R. MacDonald
0
Famous As: Military physician, Soldier
Birthdate: October 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 16 Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo
0
Famous As: Social psychologist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Psychologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 17 Howard Dean

Howard Dean
0
Famous As: Former Governor of Vermont
Birthdate: November 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 18 John Harvey Kellogg

John Harvey Kellogg
0
Famous As: Doctor, Inventor
Birthdate: February 26, 1852
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1943
Physician, nutritionist, and businessman John Harvey Kellogg served as the director of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, which was a combination of a European spa, a hydrotherapy center, a hospital, and a hotel. He believed in biologic living. However, he is best remembered as the inventor of corn flakes.

 19 Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar
0
Famous As: Physician and Anesthesiologist
Birthdate: June 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 7, 1974

 20 William Kennedy Smith

William Kennedy Smith
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: September 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 21 Charles R. Drew

Charles R. Drew
0
Famous As: Physician & Surgeon
Birthdate: June 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1950

 22 Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell
0
Famous As: First Woman Medical Graduate
Birthdate: February 3, 1821
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 31, 1910

 23 Steven M. Greer

Steven M. Greer
0
Famous As: Ufologist
Birthdate: June 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 24 John Money

John Money
0
Famous As: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: July 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: New Zealander, American
Died: July 7, 2006

 25 Virginia Johnson

Virginia Johnson
0
Famous As: Sexologist
Birthdate: February 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 24, 2013

 26 William Masters

William Masters
0
Famous As: Gynecologist
Birthdate: December 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 16, 2001

 27 Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock
2
Famous As: Pediatrician and Political Activist
Birthdate: May 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 1998

 28 Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 1979

 29 J. Marion Sims

J. Marion Sims
0
Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: January 25, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 13, 1883

 30 William Chester Minor

William Chester Minor
0
Famous As: lexicographer, linguist
Birthdate: June 22, 1834
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1920

 31 Carol S. Dweck

Carol S. Dweck
0
Famous As: Physiologists
Birthdate: October 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 32 Tom Price

Tom Price
0
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 33 Annie Sprinkle

Annie Sprinkle
0
Famous As: Sexologist
Birthdate: July 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi
0
Famous As: Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 9, 2015

 35 Jennifer Ashton

Jennifer Ashton
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 36 Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn
0
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: June 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 37 Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner
0
Famous As: Teacher, Psychologist, University teacher, Neurologist
Birthdate: July 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 38 Donald Harvey

Donald Harvey
0
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 30, 2017

 39 Joseph Mercola

Joseph Mercola
0
Famous As: Physician, Writer
Birthdate: July 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 40 Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker
0
Famous As: Surgeon, Feminist, Activist
Birthdate: November 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1919

 41 Vivien Thomas

Vivien Thomas
0
Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: August 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 1985

 42 Renée Richards

Renée Richards
0
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 Bill Frist

Bill Frist
0
Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: February 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 44 Robert Gallo

Robert Gallo
0
Famous As: Virologist, Oncologist, Physician, Immunologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 45 Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush
0
Birthdate: January 4, 1746
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 19, 1813

 46 William Stewart Halsted

William Stewart Halsted
0
Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: September 23, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: September 7, 1922

 47 Joseph Warren

Joseph Warren
0
Famous As: Physician, Military Leader
Birthdate: June 11, 1741
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 17, 1775

 48 John Lilly

John Lilly
0
Famous As: Neuroscientist
Birthdate: January 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 30, 2001

 49 Henry Heimlich

Henry Heimlich
0
Famous As: Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: February 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 17, 2016

 50 Samuel Mudd

Samuel Mudd
0
Famous As: Physician, Farmer, Politician
Birthdate: December 20, 1833
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 1883