Cardiologists

Cardiologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnoses and the treatment of heart related diseases and disorders. Cardiologists all over the world are tremendously valued and treasured, as they play a significant role in the healthcare system. Cardiology is perhaps one of the most miraculous inventions in the field of medical science that has saved the lives of millions of people suffering from heart related problems. The field of cardiology originated around 1628, when English physician William Harvey came out with his publication on the anatomy and the physiology of the heart. In 1938, American cardiologist, Robert E. Gross performed the very first heart surgery in the world. Later, in the year 1952, the world’s first successful open-heart surgery was performed by American cardiologist, F. John Lewis. Towards the end of the 20th century, the field was enriched with many innovative and improved diagnostic tools and the treatment opportunities expanded. Today, being a cardiologist is one of the most rewarding, satisfying and prestigious professions in the world. There are several prominent cardiologists all across the globe, who have left indelible mark in the field of medical science and the society as a whole. Here is a list of famous cardiologists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Hasnat Khan

Hasnat Khan.
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: April 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jhelum

Better known as former lover of Princess Diana, British-Pakistani cardiac surgeon Hasnat Khan was once described by the late princess as “Mr Wonderful.” He had first met Diana at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where the princess had gone to visit a friend. Hasnat is a distant relative of Imran Khan.

 2 Conrad Murray

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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: February 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Andrew Parish
Grenadian former cardiologist Conrad Murray worked as the personal physician of popstar Michael Jackson at the time of Jackson’s death in 2009. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the anesthetic drug that caused Jackson's death. Murray served 2 of the 4 years of his initial prison sentence.
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 3 Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard.
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Famous As: Cardiac Surgeon
Birthdate: November 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaufort West, South Africa
Died: September 2, 2001
Born to a preacher father of modest means, Christiaan Barnard completed his medical school on scholarships. In December 1967, he revolutionized medical science by performing the first human heart transplant by transplanting 25-year-old accident victim Denise Darvall’s heart into 53-year-old chronic heart patient grocer Louis Washkansky.

 4 Magdi Yacoub

Magdi Yacoub.
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Famous As: Heart Surgeon
Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belbin, Ashraqya, Egypt

Magdi Yacoub is a retired professor who worked at Imperial College London. He is best known for his work in repairing heart valves, a procedure which came to be known as the Ross-Yacoub procedure. In 1983, he performed the United Kingdom's first combined lung and heart transplant. Also a humanitarian, Yacoub co-founded the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation in 2008.

 5 George Pell

George Pell.
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Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: June 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

Australian archbishop George Pell had served as the first prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. He had also played professional Australian rules football before stepping into priesthood. He made headlines in 2018, when he was convicted of child sexual assault, though the conviction was reversed later.

 6 Denton Cooley

Denton Cooley.
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Famous As: Heart Surgeon
Birthdate: August 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Died: November 18, 2016

Denton Cooley was a heart and cardiothoracic surgeon. He is best known for performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart. He did his surgical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and later worked at Baylor College of Medicine. He founded The Texas Heart Institute and was a consultant at Texas Children's Hospital. 

 7 Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams.
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: January 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 4, 1931

Daniel Hale Williams was a general surgeon known for performing the first documented, successful pericardium surgery in the US in 1893. Born to interracial parents, he faced numerous struggles in his journey to become a physician. He later founded the first non-segregated hospital in the United States, Chicago's Provident Hospital. He also founded a nursing school for African Americans. 

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 8 Werner Forssmann

Werner Forssmann
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Famous As: Military physician, Surgeon, Urologist, Cardiologist
Birthdate: August 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: June 1, 1979

German physician Werner Forssmann is best-known for developing a method that allowed cardiac catheterization. This led him to jointly receive the 1956 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Forssmann started clinical application of cardiac catheterization in 1929, when he inserted a catheter into a vein of his forearm and safely passed it into his heart and took an X-ray picture of it.

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 9 Joseph Alliluyev

Joseph Alliluyev
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: November 2, 2008

 10 Charles Borromeo

Charles Borromeo
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Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: October 2, 1538
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Castle of Arona, Duchy of Milan
Died: November 3, 1584

 11 Robert Coleman Atkins

Robert Coleman Atkins
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: October 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Died: April 17, 2003

 12 Michael DeBakey

Michael DeBakey.
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Famous As: Cardiac Surgeon
Birthdate: September 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 11, 2008
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 13 Wouter Basson

Wouter Basson
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: July 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Africa

Better known as Dr. Death in popular media, South African cardiologist Wouter Basson is infamous for being involved in the apartheid-era Project Coast, a chemical and biological weapons program targeted toward the Blacks. It is believed he continues to practice medicine for Mediclinic near Cape Town.

 14 Regina Benjamin

Regina Benjamin
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Famous As: Surgeon General of the United States
Birthdate: October 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

Famed for her dedicated service to underserved community in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, American physician Regina Mercia Benjamin held several important positions including that of the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Throughout her career, she worked for the disadvantaged people, focusing on preventive health measures, mortgaging her home to rebuild Bayou La Batre Health Clinic after Hurricane Katrina.

 15 Bernadine Healy

Bernadine Healy
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: August 6, 2011

 16 Robert Lefkowitz

Robert Lefkowitz
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

Born into a family of Polish immigrants, Robert Lefkowitz grew up to be a cardiologist and biochemist, and later taught at Duke University. He is best known for his research on the signal-receiving receptor molecules, such as the GPCRs, which eventually won him a Nobel Prize.

 17 Pietro Bembo

Pietro Bembo
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Librarian, Historian, Translator, Essayist, Cleric, Catholic priest
Birthdate: May 20, 1470
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Venice
Died: January 18, 1547

Pietro Bembo was an Italian scholar, poet, and literary theorist. He was also a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Knights Hospitaller, a Catholic military order. He played a key role in the development of the Tuscan dialect as a literary language. As a priest, he promoted the Christian perfection of Renaissance humanism. 

 18 Helen B. Taussig

Helen B. Taussig
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: May 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 20, 1986

 19 Clarence Walton Lillehei

Clarence Walton Lillehei.
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Famous As: Pioneer of Open-Heart Surgery
Birthdate: October 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: July 5, 1999

A pioneer of cross-circulation, Clarence Walton Lillehei successfully conducted cardiac surgeries by linking the circulatory systems of healthy people with those of his patients, thus eventually developing the open-heart surgery. Affectionately known as the King of Hearts, he won awards such as the Harvey Prize and the Lasker Award.

 20 Enéas Carneiro

Enéas Carneiro
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil
Died: May 6, 2007

 21 Frank Pantridge

Frank Pantridge
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
Died: December 26, 2004

 22 Paul Dudley White

Paul Dudley White
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Famous As: Physician, Cardiologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Roxbury
Died: October 31, 1973

 23 S. I. Padmavati

S. I. Padmavati
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: June 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: British rule in Burma
Died: August 29, 2020

 24 George A. Sheehan

George A. Sheehan
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Famous As: Officer, Cardiologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States
Died: November 1, 1993

 25 Adrian Kantrowitz

Adrian Kantrowitz.
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Famous As: Cardiac Surgeon
Birthdate: October 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York
Died: November 14, 2008

Adrian Kantrowitz was an American cardiac surgeon who attempted the world’s first pediatric heart transplant.  Although his initial interest was in neurosurgery, he later switched to cardiac surgery. He also invented the intra-aortic balloon pump, an easy-to-use device which helped to save millions of lives.

 26 Svetlana Broz

Svetlana Broz
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 27 Meyer Friedman

Meyer Friedman
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: July 13, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States
Died: April 27, 2001

 28 Paul Zoll

Paul Zoll
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: July 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 5, 1999
The pioneer of the artificial cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator, American cardiologist Paul Zoll revolutionized medical science and prevented life-threatening consequences of heart ailments. He had been an army doctor during World War II. To his patients, he was a keen listener who made an effort to understand their health issues.

 29 William Stokes

William Stokes
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 1, 1804
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 10, 1878

 30 Lungile Pepeta

Lungile Pepeta
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Famous As: Cardiologist, Academic
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: South African
Died: August 7, 2020

South African pediatric cardiologist and professor Lungile Pepeta is remembered for his life-long struggle to improve his country’s medical facilities and to create a medical school for doctors from rural areas. Part of the advisory committee of the government’s COVID-19 taskforce, he himself died of the virus later.

 31 James Mackenzie

James Mackenzie
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: April 12, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scone, Scotland
Died: January 26, 1925

 32 Robert A. Bruce

Robert A. Bruce
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: November 20, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States
Died: February 12, 2004

 33 Vicente Andre Gomes

Vicente Andre Gomes
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: May 8, 2020

 34 John Deanfield

John Deanfield
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Famous As: Fencer
Birthdate: April 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom

 35 Eric Topol

Eric Topol
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Famous As: Cardiologist, Geneticist
Birthdate: June 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Renowned American cardiologist Eric Topol is the founder-director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. He is known for his pathbreaking research on genes that can be targeted for the prevention of heart diseases. He was also one of the first to question the safety factor of the medicine Vioxx.

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