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

Vivien ThomasVivien Thomas
29 August 1910
Dr. MiamiDr. Miami
16 April 1972
Plastic Surgeon

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856

Denton CooleyDenton Cooley
22 August 1920
Heart Surgeon

Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
05 April 1899
William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
29 June 1861
Physician and Surgeon

Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865
Charles BrentonCharles Brenton Huggins
22 September 1901
Physician & Surgeon

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
04 October 1918
Cardiac 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
22 June 1834
lexicographer, linguist

Sanjay GuptaSanjay Gupta
23 October 1969
Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter

Renée RichardsRenée Richards
19 August 1934
Tennis player, Surgeon, Officer, Ophthalmologist,
Walter Jackson Freeman IIWalter Jackson Freeman II
14 November 1895
American physician

William Stewart HalstedWilliam Stewart Halsted
23 September 1852
Donald DafoeDonald Dafoe

Antonia NovelloAntonia Novello
23 August 1944
Former Surgeon General

C. Everett KoopC. Everett Koop
14 October 1916

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
08 April 1869
Physician, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, Academic,
Garth FisherGarth Fisher
01 September 1958
Michael E. DeBakeyMichael E. DeBakey
07 September 1908
Cardiac surgeon, University teacher

David GorskiDavid Gorski

Andrew BaldwinAndrew Baldwin
05 February 1977
Biologist, Officer, Model

Marci BowersMarci Bowers
18 January 1958
William BeaumontWilliam Beaumont
21 November 1785

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Thomas StarzlThomas Starzl
11 March 1926

John Benjamin MurphyJohn Benjamin Murphy
21 December 1857

Joseph MurrayJoseph Murray
01 April 1919

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

Crawford LongCrawford Long
01 November 1815
Howard Atwood KellyHoward Atwood Kelly
20 February 1858
Surgeon, Writer, Gynaecologist, University teacher

William Williams KeenWilliam Williams Keen
19 January 1837

Frederic E. MohsFrederic E. Mohs
01 March 1910
Louis T. WrightLouis T. Wright
23 July 1891

Jan AdamsJan Adams
21 April 1954
Robert ReyRobert Rey
01 October 1961

James AndrewsJames Andrews
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