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

Patch AdamsPatch Adams
28 May 1945

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian
26 May 1928
American pathologist

Connie BoothConnie Booth
31 January 1944
Actress, Psychotherapist

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852
Doctor, Inventor
Bennet OmaluBennet Omalu
31 August 1968
Neuropathologist, Forensic Pathologist

Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956
First African American Woman To Travel To Space

Jill SteinJill Stein
14 May 1950
Russell M. NelsonRussell M. Nelson
09 September 1924
Religious Leader, Surgeon

Erik EriksonErik Erikson
15 June 1902
American-German psychologist
Edgar BuchananEdgar Buchanan
20 March 1903

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746

Joseph WarrenJoseph Warren
11 June 1741
Physician, Military Leader

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock
02 May 1903
Pediatrician and Political Activist

Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
03 June 1904
Physician & Surgeon

Elizabeth BlackwellElizabeth Blackwell
03 February 1821
First Woman Medical Graduate

Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist

Michael DeBakeyMichael DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac Surgeon
Paul FarmerPaul Farmer
26 October 1959

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
Harold E. VarmusHarold E. Varmus
18 December 1939

Tran JeongTran Jeong
24 February 1972
Wife of Ken Jeong

Virginia ApgarVirginia Apgar
07 June 1909
Physician and Anesthesiologist
Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
05 April 1899

Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon
Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon

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

Andrew Taylor StillAndrew Taylor Still
06 August 1828
Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the

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Lyman HallLyman Hall
12 April 1724
Signer of United States Declaration of
Ferid MuradFerid Murad
14 September 1936
Physician and Pharmacologist

Gerald EdelmanGerald Edelman
01 July 1929

William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
29 June 1861
Physician and Surgeon
Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865
Baruch Samuel BlumbergBaruch Samuel Blumberg
28 July 1925
Physician, Geneticist

Doctor MikeDoctor Mike
12 November 1989
Celebrity Doctor

Stanley B. PrusinerStanley B. Prusiner
28 May 1942
Neurologist and Biochemist

Philip Showalter HenchPhilip Showalter Hench
28 February 1896
Edward Donnall ThomasE. Donnall Thomas
15 March 1920

Frederick Chapman RobbinsFrederick Chapman Robbins
25 August 1916
Virologist and Paediatrician

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
04 October 1918
Cardiac Surgeon

Charles BrentonCharles Brenton Huggins
22 September 1901
Physician & Surgeon

Harvey Williams CushingHarvey Williams Cushing
08 April 1869
Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926

Nina GrayNina Gray
23 August 1974
Joseph ErlangerJoseph Erlanger
05 January 1874

Charles BestCharles Best
27 February 1899
Co-discoverer of Insulin

Mason AndrewsMason Andrews
19 April 1919
Orvan HessOrvan Hess
18 June 1906

Carol S. DweckCarol S. Dweck
17 October 1976
Clarence Walton LilleheiClarence Walton Lillehei
23 October 1918
Pioneer of Open-Heart Surgery

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

George Richards MinotGeorge Richards Minot
02 December 1885
Medical Researcher

H. H. HolmesH. H. Holmes
16 May 1861
Criminal, Serial killer

Jeffrey R. MacDonaldJeffrey R. MacDonald
12 October 1943
Military physician, Soldier
Sanjay GuptaSanjay Gupta
23 October 1969
Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter

Michael BurryMichael Burry
19 June 1971

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

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality
Howard DeanHoward Dean
17 November 1948
Former Governor of Vermont

Ralph NorthamRalph Northam
13 September 1959
Steven M. GreerSteven M. Greer
28 June 1955

Linda HazzardLinda Hazzard
1867 AD

Sam SheppardSam Sheppard
29 December 1923
Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiMihaly Csikszentmihalyi
29 September 1934
Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist

Bill FristBill Frist
22 February 1952
Political Leader
Philip ZimbardoPhilip Zimbardo
23 March 1933
Social psychologist, University teacher,

Charles KrauthammerCharles Krauthammer
13 March 1950

Jennifer AshtonJennifer Ashton
23 April 1969
William Chester MinorWilliam Chester Minor
22 June 1834
lexicographer, linguist

Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn
05 June 1944
William Kennedy SmithWilliam Kennedy Smith
04 September 1960

Donald HarveyDonald Harvey
15 April 1952
Serial killer

M. Scott PeckM. Scott Peck
22 May 1936

Joseph MercolaJoseph Mercola
08 July 1954
Physician, Writer
Laurel ClarkLaurel Clark
10 March 1961
Medical Doctor
Walter Jackson Freeman IIWalter Jackson Freeman II
14 November 1895
American physician

Elisabeth Kübler-RossElisabeth Kübler-Ross
08 July 1926

Paul KalanithiPaul Kalanithi
01 April 1977

Frances Cress WelsingFrances Cress Welsing
18 March 1935
John BarrassoJohn Barrasso
21 July 1952

Tess GerritsenTess Gerritsen
12 June 1953

Renée RichardsRenée Richards
19 August 1934
Tennis player

Irvin D. YalomIrvin D. Yalom
13 June 1931

Annie SprinkleAnnie Sprinkle
23 July 1954
Siddhartha MukherjeeSiddhartha Mukherjee
21 July 1970

Sidney GottliebSidney Gottlieb
03 August 1918
Chemist, Psychiatrist
Samuel MuddSamuel Mudd
20 December 1833
Physician, Farmer, Politician

Robert GalloRobert Gallo
23 March 1937
Virologist, Oncologist, Physician, Immunologist
Michael GregerMichael Greger
25 October 1972
General Practitioner
C. Everett KoopC. Everett Koop
14 October 1916