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.
Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Ron PaulRon Paul
20 August 1935
 

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian
26 May 1928
American pathologist

Patch AdamsPatch Adams
28 May 1945
Physician

Connie BoothConnie Booth
31 January 1944
Actress, Psychotherapist

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852
Doctor, Inventor
Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956
First African American Woman To Travel To Space

Erik EriksonErik Erikson
15 June 1902
American-German psychologist

Russell M. NelsonRussell M. Nelson
09 September 1924
Religious Leader, Surgeon

Bennet OmaluBennet Omalu
31 August 1968
Neuropathologist, Forensic Pathologist
Edgar BuchananEdgar Buchanan
20 March 1903
Actor

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock
02 May 1903
Pediatrician and Political Activist
Elizabeth BlackwellElizabeth Blackwell
03 February 1821
First Woman Medical Graduate

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746
 

Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist
Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
03 June 1904
Physician & Surgeon

Michael DeBakeyMichael DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac Surgeon
Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Surgeon

Paul FarmerPaul Farmer
26 October 1959
 

Virginia ApgarVirginia Apgar
07 June 1909
Physician and Anesthesiologist
Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon

Ferid MuradFerid Murad
14 September 1936
Physician and Pharmacologist
Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
Surgeon

Daniel Carleton GajdusekDaniel Carleton Gajdusek
09 September 1923
Physician and medical researcher

Andrew Taylor StillAndrew Taylor Still
06 August 1828
Physician

Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon
Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
05 April 1899
Surgeon
Harold E. VarmusHarold E. Varmus
18 December 1939
Physician

William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
29 June 1861
Physician and Surgeon

Gerald EdelmanGerald Edelman
01 July 1929
Immunologist

Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the
Stanley B. PrusinerStanley B. Prusiner
28 May 1942
Neurologist and Biochemist

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Lyman HallLyman Hall
12 April 1724
Signer of United States Declaration of

Baruch Samuel BlumbergBaruch Samuel Blumberg
28 July 1925
Physician, Geneticist

Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865
Surgeon

Edward Donnall ThomasE. Donnall Thomas
15 March 1920
Physician
Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926
Endocrinologist

Frederick Chapman RobbinsFrederick Chapman Robbins
25 August 1916
Virologist and Paediatrician

Charles BrentonCharles Brenton Huggins
22 September 1901
Physician & Surgeon

Philip Showalter HenchPhilip Showalter Hench
28 February 1896
Physician
Joseph ErlangerJoseph Erlanger
05 January 1874
Physiologist

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
04 October 1918
Cardiac Surgeon
Harvey Williams CushingHarvey Williams Cushing
08 April 1869
Neurosurgeon

Orvan HessOrvan Hess
18 June 1906
Physician

Joseph E. MurrayJoseph E. Murray
01 April 1919
Plastic Surgeon

Charles BestCharles Best
27 February 1899
Co-discoverer of Insulin

Mason AndrewsMason Andrews
19 April 1919
Physician
Doctor MikeDoctor Mike
12 November 1989
Celebrity Doctor

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

George Richards MinotGeorge Richards Minot
02 December 1885
Medical Researcher

Carol S. DweckCarol S. Dweck
17 October 1976
Physiologists
Nina GrayNina Gray
23 August 1974
Entrepreneur

Tran JeongTran Jeong
24 February 1972
Wife of Ken Jeong
H. H. HolmesH. H. Holmes
16 May 1861
Criminal, Serial killer

Michael BurryMichael Burry
19 June 1971
Physician

Larry NassarLarry Nassar
16 August 1963
Serial child molester
Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Jill SteinJill Stein
14 May 1950
Physician
William Chester MinorWilliam Chester Minor
22 June 1834
lexicographer, linguist

Philip ZimbardoPhilip Zimbardo
23 March 1933
Social psychologist, University teacher,

Charles KrauthammerCharles Krauthammer
13 March 1950
Columnist
Howard DeanHoward Dean
17 November 1948
Former Governor of Vermont

Linda HazzardLinda Hazzard
1867 AD
physician
Sam SheppardSam Sheppard
29 December 1923
Neurosurgeon

John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University

Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiMihaly Csikszentmihalyi
29 September 1934
Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist

Sanjay GuptaSanjay Gupta
23 October 1969
Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter
Jeffrey R. MacDonaldJeffrey R. MacDonald
12 October 1943
Military physician, Soldier
Donald HarveyDonald Harvey
15 April 1952
Serial killer

Ralph NorthamRalph Northam
13 September 1959
Politician

Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn
05 June 1944
Physician

Steven M. GreerSteven M. Greer
28 June 1955
Ufologist
Paul KalanithiPaul Kalanithi
01 April 1977
Neurosurgeon

Annie SprinkleAnnie Sprinkle
23 July 1954
Sexologist

Howard GardnerHoward Gardner
11 July 1943
Teacher, Psychologist, University teacher,

William Kennedy SmithWilliam Kennedy Smith
04 September 1960
Physician

Bill FristBill Frist
22 February 1952
Political Leader
Samuel MuddSamuel Mudd
20 December 1833
Physician, Farmer, Politician

Siddhartha MukherjeeSiddhartha Mukherjee
21 July 1970
Physician
Eric KandelEric Kandel
07 November 1929
Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist,

George TillerGeorge Tiller
08 August 1941
Physician, Officer, Gynaecologist

Renée RichardsRenée Richards
19 August 1934
Tennis player, Surgeon, Officer, Ophthalmologist,
Andrew WeilAndrew Weil
08 June 1942
Physician, Medical writer

Elisabeth Kübler-RossElisabeth Kübler-Ross
08 July 1926
Psychiatrist
Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
15 April 1920
Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University

M. Scott PeckM. Scott Peck
23 May 1936
Psychiatrist

Dean OrnishDean Ornish
16 July 1953
Physician

Walter Jackson Freeman IIWalter Jackson Freeman II
14 November 1895
American physician
Thomas C. DurantThomas C. Durant
06 February 1820
Physician

Tom CoburnTom Coburn
14 March 1948
Politician
Sidney GottliebSidney Gottlieb
03 August 1918
Chemist, Psychiatrist

Joseph MercolaJoseph Mercola
08 July 1954
Physician, Writer
Irvin D. YalomIrvin D. Yalom
13 June 1931
Psychiatrist

Joseph WarrenJoseph Warren
11 June 1741
Military physician, Physician
Saul KripkeSaul Kripke
13 November 1940
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer, Physician