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

Doctor MikeDoctor Mike
12 November 1989
Celebrity Doctor

Patch AdamsPatch Adams
28 May 1945

Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian
26 May 1928
American pathologist

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

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
Bennet OmaluBennet Omalu
31 August 1968
Neuropathologist, Forensic Pathologist

Edgar BuchananEdgar Buchanan
20 March 1903

Carol S. DweckCarol S. Dweck
17 October 1976

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock
02 May 1903
Pediatrician and Political Activist

Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Tran JeongTran Jeong
24 February 1972
Wife of Ken Jeong

Paul FarmerPaul Farmer
26 October 1959

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746

Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
03 June 1904
Physician & Surgeon
Elizabeth BlackwellElizabeth Blackwell
03 February 1821
First Woman Medical Graduate

Joseph WarrenJoseph Warren
11 June 1741
Physician, Military Leader
Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856

Daniel Carleton GajdusekDaniel Carleton Gajdusek
09 September 1923
Physician and medical researcher
Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
05 April 1899

Virginia ApgarVirginia Apgar
07 June 1909
Physician and Anesthesiologist
Harvey Williams CushingHarvey Williams Cushing
08 April 1869

Andrew Taylor StillAndrew Taylor Still
06 August 1828

Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon
Ferid MuradFerid Murad
14 September 1936
Physician and Pharmacologist

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William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
29 June 1861
Physician and Surgeon
Lyman HallLyman Hall
12 April 1724
Signer of United States Declaration of

Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865

Michael DeBakeyMichael DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac Surgeon

Harold E. VarmusHarold E. Varmus
18 December 1939
Joseph E. MurrayJoseph E. Murray
01 April 1919
Plastic Surgeon
Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the

Gerald EdelmanGerald Edelman
01 July 1929

Baruch Samuel BlumbergBaruch Samuel Blumberg
28 July 1925
Physician, Geneticist

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

Philip Showalter HenchPhilip Showalter Hench
28 February 1896

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

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
04 October 1918
Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon
Nina GrayNina Gray
23 August 1974

Edward Donnall ThomasE. Donnall Thomas
15 March 1920
Frederick Chapman RobbinsFrederick Chapman Robbins
25 August 1916
Virologist and Paediatrician

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926

Charles BrentonCharles Brenton Huggins
22 September 1901
Physician & Surgeon
George Richards MinotGeorge Richards Minot
02 December 1885
Medical Researcher

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

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

Sanjay GuptaSanjay Gupta
23 October 1969
Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter
Michael BurryMichael Burry
19 June 1971

Jeffrey R. MacDonaldJeffrey R. MacDonald
12 October 1943
Military physician, Soldier

William Chester MinorWilliam Chester Minor
22 June 1834
lexicographer, linguist

Walter ReedWalter Reed
13 September 1851
Military physician, Zoologist, Entomologist
Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

Paul NassifPaul Nassif
06 June 1962
Plastic surgeon
John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University

Ralph NorthamRalph Northam
13 September 1959

Howard DeanHoward Dean
17 November 1948
Former Governor of Vermont
Sam SheppardSam Sheppard
29 December 1923

Steven M. GreerSteven M. Greer
28 June 1955
Bill FristBill Frist
22 February 1952
Political Leader

Charles KrauthammerCharles Krauthammer
13 March 1950

Jennifer AshtonJennifer Ashton
23 April 1969
Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiMihaly Csikszentmihalyi
29 September 1934
Psychologist, University teacher, Psychiatrist

Philip ZimbardoPhilip Zimbardo
23 March 1933
Social psychologist, University teacher,
Robert LeckieRobert Leckie
18 December 1920
journalist, historian, writer

Joseph MercolaJoseph Mercola
08 July 1954
Physician, Writer

Donald HarveyDonald Harvey
15 April 1952
Serial killer

John BarrassoJohn Barrasso
21 July 1952
William Kennedy SmithWilliam Kennedy Smith
04 September 1960
J. Marion SimsJ. Marion Sims
25 January 1813

Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci
24 December 1940

Walter Jackson Freeman IIWalter Jackson Freeman II
14 November 1895
American physician

Tom PriceTom Price
08 October 1954
Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn
05 June 1944

Irvin D. YalomIrvin D. Yalom
13 June 1931

Samuel MuddSamuel Mudd
20 December 1833
Physician, Farmer, Politician

Elisabeth Kübler-RossElisabeth Kübler-Ross
08 July 1926

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

Annie SprinkleAnnie Sprinkle
23 July 1954
Paul KalanithiPaul Kalanithi
01 April 1977

Howard GardnerHoward Gardner
11 July 1943
Teacher, Psychologist, University teacher,
M. Scott PeckM. Scott Peck
22 May 1936
Robert ReyRobert Rey
01 October 1961