Famous Surgeons - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Surgeons

Russell M. NelsonSeptember 9, 1924AmericanRussell M
René Gerónimo FavaloroJuly 12, 1923ArgentinianRené Gerónimo Favaloro was a renowned Argentinean cardiovascular surgeon
Christiaan BarnardNovember 8, 1922South AfricanDr
Al-Zahrawi936SpanishAl-Zahrawi, was an illustrious medieval Arab Muslim physician and surgeon
Dr. MiamiApril 16, 1972AmericanMichael Salzhauer, who is best known by his nickname "Dr
Magdi YacoubNovember 16, 1935Egyptian, BritishMagdi Yacoub is one of the world's most respected cardiac surgeons
Joseph ListerApril 5, 1827BritishJoseph Lister was a British surgeon who was the founder of antiseptic medicine
Charles R. DrewJune 3, 1904AmericanCharles R
Alfred BlalockApril 5, 1899AmericanAlfred Blalock was an American surgeon famous for his work on shock and blue baby syndrome
Hippocrates460 BCGreekHippocrates was a Greek physician

Charles Brenton Huggins

Charles Huggins was a Canadian-born American physician, surgeon and physiologist who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1966

CanadianSeptember 22, 1901151 views

Edward Dunlop

Weary Dunlop was an Australian surgeon who was captured by the Japanese during the World War II

AustralianJuly 12, 1907135 views

Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker was an American feminist, an alleged spy, women’s right activist, an abolitionist and a prisoner of war

AmericanNovember 26, 1832171 views

Alexis Carrel

Alexis Carrel was a French biologist and surgeon who received the ‘Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine’ in 1912

FrenchJune 28, 1873128 views

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a 19th century English physician, the first woman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain.

BritishJune 9, 1836117 views


Galen was an ancient Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman Empire

Greek130181 views

Victor Chang

Dr Victor Chang was an Australian surgeon who is credited with the development of heart transplantation technique

Ludvig Puusepp

Ludvig Puusepp was an Estonian surgeon and the world's first professor of neurosurgery

Estonian1875192 views

Magdi Yacoub

Magdi Yacoub is one of the world's most respected cardiac surgeons

EgyptianNovember 16, 1935358 views