While soap operas like Grey’s Anatomy hoodwink us into believing that successful surgeries are part melodrama and part skill, know that successful medical procedure only comes from best education, diligence, and copious research. Medical professionals who pioneered reconstructive surgical procedures, facial transplants, and other surgery types that revolutionized healthcare forever have held and exhibited unparalleled dedication and passion towards their profession. The medical surgeons of America are not only some of the highest earning professionals in the world, but also among the most forward-thinking, innovative and skillful of the lot, constantly making headlines with their medical breakthroughs. Surgeons like John Heysham Gibbon, who pioneered open heart surgery or Frederic E. Mohs who developed the Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) technique, a widely used technique in detecting and curing cancer. Surgeons like them are the frontiers of America's medical scene, saving lives and giving hopes to millions with their avant-garde surgical advancements. Explore the collection of biographies of some of the America’s most celebrated surgeons. Read on to know more about their timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.
Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Russell M. NelsonRussell M. Nelson
09 September 1924
Religious Leader, Surgeon

Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
03 June 1904
Physician & Surgeon

Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Surgeon

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

Michael DeBakeyMichael DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
Surgeon

Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
05 April 1899
Surgeon
Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon

William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
29 June 1861
Physician and Surgeon
Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865
Surgeon

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
04 October 1918
Cardiac Surgeon

Charles BrentonCharles Brenton Huggins
22 September 1901
Physician & Surgeon

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

Clarence Walton LilleheiClarence Walton Lillehei
23 October 1918
Pioneer of Open-Heart Surgery
Sanjay GuptaSanjay Gupta
23 October 1969
Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality

William Chester MinorWilliam Chester Minor
22 June 1834
lexicographer, linguist

C. Everett KoopC. Everett Koop
14 October 1916
Surgeon
Renée RichardsRenée Richards
19 August 1934
Tennis player, Surgeon, Officer, Ophthalmologist,

Regina BenjaminRegina Benjamin
26 October 1956
Surgeon General of the United States
Walter Jackson Freeman IIWalter Jackson Freeman II
14 November 1895
American physician

Donald DafoeDonald Dafoe
 

David GorskiDavid Gorski
Oncologist
William Stewart HalstedWilliam Stewart Halsted
23 September 1852
Surgeon

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
08 April 1869
Physician, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, Academic,
David SatcherDavid Satcher
02 March 1941
Former United States Surgeon General

Antonia NovelloAntonia Novello
23 August 1944
Former Surgeon General

Garth FisherGarth Fisher
01 September 1958
Presenter
William BeaumontWilliam Beaumont
21 November 1785
Surgeon

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Andrew BaldwinAndrew Baldwin
05 February 1977
Biologist, Officer, Model
Marci BowersMarci Bowers
18 January 1958
Gynaecologist

William C. GorgasWilliam C. Gorgas
03 October 1854
Physician

Thomas StarzlThomas Starzl
11 March 1926
Physician

Howard Atwood KellyHoward Atwood Kelly
20 February 1858
Surgeon, Writer, Gynaecologist, University teacher
Michael E. DeBakeyMichael E. DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac surgeon, University teacher
Joseph MurrayJoseph Murray
01 April 1919
Surgeon

Crawford LongCrawford Long
01 November 1815
Surgeon

Judah FolkmanJudah Folkman
24 February 1933
Scientist

William Williams KeenWilliam Williams Keen
19 January 1837
Doctor
Sherwin B. NulandSherwin B. Nuland
08 December 1930
Surgeon

Ephraim McDowellEphraim McDowell
11 November 1771
Physician

Tenley AlbrightTenley Albright
18 July 1935
Figure Skater

Charles KelmanCharles Kelman
23 May 1930
Ophthalmologist

Frank JobeFrank Jobe
16 July 1925
Surgeon
George Washington CrileGeorge Washington Crile
11 November 1864
Surgeon

Louis T. WrightLouis T. Wright
23 July 1891
Surgeon
Jesse Leonard SteinfeldJesse Leonard Steinfeld
06 January 1927
Physician

John Shaw BillingsJohn Shaw Billings
12 April 1838
Librarian

Frederic E. MohsFrederic E. Mohs
01 March 1910
Surgeon
Elliott CouesElliott Coues
09 September 1842
Historian

James TytlerJames Tytler
17 December 1745
Apothecary
Leroy Edgar BurneyLeroy Edgar Burney
31 December 1906
Physician

Ernest Amory CodmanErnest Amory Codman
30 December 1869
Surgeon

Robert A. GoodRobert A. Good
21 May 1922
Physician

John Benjamin MurphyJohn Benjamin Murphy
21 December 1857
Physician

John J. WildJohn J. Wild
11 August 1914
Physician
Henry H. KesslerHenry H. Kessler
10 April 1896
Physician

Clarence DennisClarence Dennis
16 June 1909
Surgeon

Francis Daniels MooreFrancis Daniels Moore
17 April 1913
Surgeon

Robert ReyRobert Rey
01 October 1961
 
Max ThorekMax Thorek
10 March 1880
Surgeon

James AndrewsJames Andrews
1942 AD
surgeon
Emeline Horton ClevelandEmeline Horton Cleveland
22 September 1829
Physician

Rufus Henry GilbertRufus Henry Gilbert
26 January 1832
Surgeon

Jan AdamsJan Adams
21 April 1954
Physician
James D. HardyJames D. Hardy
14 May 1918
American surgeon

Norman E. ShumwayNorman E. Shumway
09 February 1923
Surgeon
Samuel David GrossSamuel David Gross
08 July 1805
Surgeon