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

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

Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon
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
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

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz
11 June 1960
Television personality
William Chester MinorWilliam Chester Minor
31 May 1834
lexicographer, linguist

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

Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Physician

Donald DafoeDonald Dafoe
 
William Stewart HalstedWilliam Stewart Halsted
23 September 1852
Surgeon

Garth FisherGarth Fisher
01 September 1958
Presenter
Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
cardiologist

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
08 April 1869
Physician, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, Academic,

David GorskiDavid Gorski
 

Andrew BaldwinAndrew Baldwin
05 February 1977
Biologist, Officer, Model
Marci BowersMarci Bowers
18 January 1958
Gynaecologist
Michael E. DeBakeyMichael E. DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac surgeon, University teacher

Thomas StarzlThomas Starzl
11 March 1926
Physician

Joseph MurrayJoseph Murray
01 April 1919
Surgeon

David SatcherDavid Satcher
02 March 1941
Former United States Surgeon General
Regina BenjaminRegina Benjamin
26 October 1956
Surgeon General of the United States

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Howard Atwood KellyHoward Atwood Kelly
20 February 1858
Surgeon, Writer, Gynaecologist, University teacher

Frederic E. MohsFrederic E. Mohs
01 March 1910
Surgeon

Louis T. WrightLouis T. Wright
23 July 1891
Surgeon

John Benjamin MurphyJohn Benjamin Murphy
21 December 1857
Physician
Robert ReyRobert Rey
01 October 1961
 

Jan AdamsJan Adams
21 April 1954
Physician
James AndrewsJames Andrews
1942 AD
surgeon