Surgeons

Surgeons are those physicians who treat medical conditions like diseases, injuries or deformities using surgical methods. Surgeries are complicated procedures where the body tissues are physically amended and can be invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive. Performing surgery requires a high degree of precision and skill and thus surgeons need to be very alert and responsive while treating patients. Being a professional surgeon is both mentally and physically taxing. They are required to stand for hours while performing surgery while maintaining their mental alertness. They also have to work long and irregular hours. The level of stress and pressure is high as in many cases the life of the patient depends on the surgeon. However at the same time, the satisfaction of saving lives can be immense. Since the human body is complex, many surgeons specialize in performing surgery on a particular area of the body. Cardiac surgeons specialize in performing heart operations while neurosurgeons treat the brain and the nervous system. Surgeons may also specialize upon the category of patients they treat. Pediatric surgeons work with children while gynecologic surgeons operate exclusively on women. Surgeons closely collaborate with other healthcare specialists and anesthesiologists before, during and after surgery. Read on to know about the famous surgeons from all over the world who have saved many precious lives with their dedication and hard work.

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 1 Ben Carson

Ben Carson
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Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

 2 Sanjay Gupta

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Famous As: Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 3 Hippocrates

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 0460 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0370 BC
Hippocrates, or Hippocrates II, also known as the "Father of Medicine,” founded the Hippocratic School of Medicine, which heralded the professional practice of medicine. He also laid down the Hippocratic Oath, an oath still taken by doctors all over the world. His teachings were primarily collated in the Hippocratic Corpus.

 4 Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet
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Famous As: Politician, Surgeon, Epidemiologist
Birthdate: September 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Chilean

 5 Russell M. Nelson

Russell M. Nelson
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Famous As: Religious Leader, Surgeon
Birthdate: September 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 6 Mehmet Oz

Mehmet Oz
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: June 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Turkish, American
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 7 Paul Nassif

Paul Nassif
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Famous As: Plastic surgeon
Birthdate: June 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 8 Galen

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0200 AD

Galen was a Greek physician, philosopher, and surgeon in the Roman Empire. Regarded as one of the most proficient medical researchers in ancient history, Galen influenced the growth of several scientific disciplines, such as neurology, pharmacology, pathology, physiology, and anatomy. Thanks to the translation of his works into Arabic, Galen's approach to medicine remains influential in the Islamic world.

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 9 Charles R. Drew

Charles R. Drew
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Famous As: Physician & Surgeon
Birthdate: June 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1950

 10 John Snow

John Snow
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 15, 1813
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: June 16, 1858
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 11 Robert Liston

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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: October 28, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Scottish
Died: December 7, 1847

Scottish surgeon Robert Liston worked in an era when anesthesia wasn’t invented. He could complete amputations within minutes, thus saving the lives of many when the speed of the surgery made the difference between life and death. Later, he became the first European surgeon to operate under anesthesia.

 12 Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard
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Famous As: Cardiac Surgeon
Birthdate: November 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South African
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.
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 13 J. Marion Sims

J. Marion Sims
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: January 25, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 13, 1883

 14 Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker
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Famous As: Surgeon, Feminist, Activist
Birthdate: November 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1919

 15 William Chester Minor

William Chester Minor
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Famous As: lexicographer, linguist
Birthdate: June 22, 1834
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1920

 16 Devi Shetty

Devi Shetty
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 17 James Barry

James Barry
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Famous As: military physician, Surgeon
Birthdate: November 9, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: July 25, 1865

 18 René Gerónimo Favaloro

René Gerónimo Favaloro
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Famous As: Cardiovascular Surgeon
Birthdate: July 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Argentinian
Died: July 29, 2000

 19 Wilder Penfield

Wilder Penfield
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Famous As: Surgeon, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, University teacher, Neurologist
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: April 5, 1976

 20 C. Everett Koop

C. Everett Koop
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: October 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 25, 2013

 21 Joseph Lister

Joseph Lister
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Famous As: Surgeon and Scientist
Birthdate: April 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 10, 1912

 22 William Stewart Halsted

William Stewart Halsted
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: September 23, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: September 7, 1922

 23 Vivien Thomas

Vivien Thomas
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: August 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 1985

 24 Sushruta

Sushruta
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: 0800 AD
Nationality: Indian

 25 Naresh Trehan

Naresh Trehan
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: August 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 26 John McCrae

John McCrae
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: January 28, 1918

 27 Leonid Rogozov

Leonid Rogozov
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Famous As: Physician, Surgeon, University teacher
Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Russian
Died: September 21, 2000

 28 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
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Famous As: Mayor of Aldeburgh
Birthdate: June 9, 1836
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: December 17, 1917

 29 Magdi Yacoub

Magdi Yacoub
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Famous As: Heart Surgeon
Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Egyptian, British

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.

 30 Walter Jackson Freeman II

Walter Jackson Freeman II
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Famous As: American physician
Birthdate: November 14, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 31, 1972

 31 Denton Cooley

Denton Cooley
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Famous As: Heart Surgeon
Birthdate: August 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: November 18, 2016

 32 Robert Rey

Robert Rey
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Birthdate: October 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 33 Jan Adams

Jan Adams
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 34 Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: January 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 4, 1931

 35 Werner Forssmann

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

 36 Vladimir Demikhov

Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov
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Famous As: Organ Transplant Pioneer
Birthdate: July 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian
Died: November 22, 1998

 37 Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Egyptian

 38 James Andrews

James Andrews
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Famous As: surgeon
Birthdate: 1942 AD
Nationality: American

 39 Al-Zahrawi

Al-Zahrawi
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Famous As: Physician, Surgeon
Birthdate: 0936 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Died: 1013 AD

 40 Garth Fisher

Garth Fisher
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Famous As: Presenter
Birthdate: September 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 41 Michael DeBakey

Michael DeBakey
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Famous As: Cardiac Surgeon
Birthdate: September 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 11, 2008

 42 Michael E. DeBakey

Michael E. DeBakey
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Famous As: Cardiac surgeon, University teacher
Birthdate: September 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 11, 2008

 43 Victor Chang

Victor Chang
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: November 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: July 4, 1991

 44 John Hunter

John Hunter
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Famous As: military physician, physician, university teacher
Birthdate: February 13, 1728
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish
Died: October 16, 1793

 45 Ambroise Paré

Ambroise Paré
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: 1510 AD
Nationality: French
Died: December 20, 1590

 46 Ludwig Stumpfegger

Ludwig Stumpfegger
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Famous As: Military physician, Physician, Surgeon, Torturer
Birthdate: July 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: May 2, 1945

 47 Antonia Novello

Antonia Novello
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Famous As: Former Surgeon General
Birthdate: August 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Puerto Rican, American

 48 Ernst-Günther Schenck

Ernst-Günther Schenck
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Famous As: Surgeon, University teacher
Birthdate: October 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: December 21, 1998

 49 Karl Gebhardt

Karl Gebhardt
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Famous As: Surgeon, Torturer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: June 2, 1948

 50 Alexis Carrel

Alexis Carrel
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Famous As: Surgeon, Biologist
Birthdate: June 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: November 5, 1944
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