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
 

Patch AdamsPatch Adams
28 May 1945
Physician

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian
26 May 1928
American pathologist

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

Connie BoothConnie Booth
31 January 1944
Actress, Psychotherapist
Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956
First African American Woman To Travel To Space

Erik EriksonErik Erikson
15 June 1902
American-German psychologist

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

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746
 
Elizabeth BlackwellElizabeth Blackwell
03 February 1821
First Woman Medical Graduate

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

Paul FarmerPaul Farmer
26 October 1959
 
Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon

Virginia ApgarVirginia Apgar
07 June 1909
Physician and Anesthesiologist

Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon
William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
29 June 1861
Physician and Surgeon

Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
05 April 1899
Surgeon
Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865
Surgeon

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

Gerald EdelmanGerald Edelman
01 July 1929
Immunologist

Ferid MuradFerid Murad
14 September 1936
Physician and Pharmacologist
Andrew Taylor StillAndrew Taylor Still
06 August 1828
Physician
Lyman HallLyman Hall
12 April 1724
Signer of United States Declaration of

Harold E. VarmusHarold E. Varmus
18 December 1939
Physician

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

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Baruch Samuel BlumbergBaruch Samuel Blumberg
28 July 1925
Physician, Geneticist

Edward Donnall ThomasE. Donnall Thomas
15 March 1920
Physician

Harvey Williams CushingHarvey Williams Cushing
08 April 1869
Neurosurgeon

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
Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926
Endocrinologist

Joseph ErlangerJoseph Erlanger
05 January 1874
Physiologist

Philip Showalter HenchPhilip Showalter Hench
28 February 1896
Physician
Charles BestCharles Best
27 February 1899
Co-discoverer of Insulin

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

Doctor MikeDoctor Mike
12 November 1989
Celebrity Doctor

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

George Richards MinotGeorge Richards Minot
02 December 1885
Medical Researcher

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

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852
Physician, Nutritionist
Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen
12 November 1866
Politician, Physician, Philosopher
Jennifer AshtonJennifer Ashton
23 April 1969
Physician

William Chester MinorWilliam Chester Minor
31 May 1834
lexicographer, linguist

William Kennedy SmithWilliam Kennedy Smith
04 September 1960
Physician
Steven M. GreerSteven M. Greer
28 June 1955
Ufologist

Howard DeanHoward Dean
17 November 1948
Former Governor of Vermont
Jeffrey R. MacDonaldJeffrey R. MacDonald
12 October 1943
Military physician, Soldier

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

Philip ZimbardoPhilip Zimbardo
23 March 1933
Social psychologist, University teacher,
John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University

Sanjay GuptaSanjay Gupta
23 October 1969
Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter
Renée RichardsRenée Richards
19 August 1934
Tennis player, Surgeon, Officer, Ophthalmologist,

Donald HarveyDonald Harvey
15 April 1952
Serial killer

Thomas C. DurantThomas C. Durant
06 February 1820
Physician

Howard GardnerHoward Gardner
11 July 1943
Teacher, Psychologist, University teacher,
Joseph MercolaJoseph Mercola
08 July 1954
Physician, Writer
Samuel MuddSamuel Mudd
20 December 1833
Physician, Farmer, Politician

Elisabeth Kübler-RossElisabeth Kübler-Ross
08 July 1926
Psychiatrist

Joseph WarrenJoseph Warren
11 June 1741
Military physician, Physician

Laurel ClarkLaurel Clark
10 March 1961
Officer, Astronaut, Physician, Submariner
Henry HeimlichHenry Heimlich
03 February 1920
Physician, University teacher

Robert GalloRobert Gallo
23 March 1937
Virologist, Oncologist, Physician, Immunologist

Andrew WeilAndrew Weil
08 June 1942
Physician, Medical writer

George TillerGeorge Tiller
08 August 1941
Physician, Officer, Gynaecologist

Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
15 April 1920
Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University
Eric KandelEric Kandel
07 November 1929
Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist,

Saul KripkeSaul Kripke
13 November 1940
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer, Physician
Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Physician

Milton H. EricksonMilton H. Erickson
05 December 1901
Psychotherapist, Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist,

Linda HazzardLinda Hazzard
1867 AD
physician
Donald DafoeDonald Dafoe
 

William Stewart HalstedWilliam Stewart Halsted
23 September 1852
Surgeon
Aaron T. BeckAaron T. Beck
18 July 1921
Psychiatrist, University teacher, Psychologist

Baruch GoldsteinBaruch Goldstein
09 December 1956
Physician, Murderer

Debora GreenDebora Green
28 February 1951
Physician

Bruno BettelheimBruno Bettelheim
28 August 1903
Writer, Psychologist, University teacher,
Patricia BathPatricia Bath
04 November 1942
Ophthalmologist, Physician

Stanislav GrofStanislav Grof
01 July 1931
Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Writer, Physician
Max GersonMax Gerson
18 October 1881
Physician

Garth FisherGarth Fisher
01 September 1958
Presenter
Walter ReedWalter Reed
13 September 1851
Military physician, Zoologist, Entomologist

John A. McDougallJohn A. McDougall
 
Neal D. BarnardNeal D. Barnard
1953 AD
physician, psychiatrist, jazz musician, jazz