The 25 Most Memorable Doctors Who Died In 2017

We’re getting more than just a few stories this year about the doctors who have died.

In fact, in 2017, we have a lot of them.

Some are famous; others are obscure.

Some doctors were well known to their colleagues; others were not so well known.

Some were celebrated in their fields; others got their name stuck on obituaries.

Some became iconic; others didn’t make it.

Here are 25 of the most memorable doctors who died in 2017.


George A. Stromberg, MD, who had a stroke and died in July 2016 in Miami.

Strimberg was a respected surgeon and had been in practice since 1969.

His daughter wrote that he “did everything he could to be a good dad to his children.”

His wife, who was a registered nurse, wrote that “he never failed to get you up for work, to make sure you were feeling well, and to take care of you as he did.”


Dr. William R. Hahn, MD (left) and Dr. Joseph M. Wiegert, MD.

(Photo: ABC News) A renowned surgeon, Dr. Wigert was the first in the U.S. to perform a heart bypass surgery, and he was the founder of the American Heart Association.

The two physicians, who shared a doctorate, were well-known for their pioneering work in cardiac rehabilitation.

The pair’s success in bypassing heart defects and improving blood flow in patients who had heart attacks inspired other surgeons to start working on the same issues.


Dr, Joseph M Wiegart, MD and Dr J. Robert Murray, MD in a wheelchair.

(Image: ABCNews) In 1957, Dr Wiegbert, a surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, developed a technique to remove the blocked valve of a pulmonary artery that is a common complication in heart failure.

He and his team developed a new procedure called a “mild hypertrophy” that they used to bypass a blocked valve in a patient who had congestive heart failure, a rare condition.

The technique also had the potential to save lives.

Wieglert, who lived in New York City, is credited with saving more than 60,000 lives since the procedure was first developed.



Thomas L. Hirsch, MD; Joseph R. Rauch, MD , and Dr Joseph Rauck, MD.(Photo: NBC News) Both of these doctors were considered to be among the greatest physicians in the history of medicine.

Dr Hirsch was a pioneer in the field of cardiology, which was a specialty of his until he died of a heart attack in 1978.

He was known for pioneering new techniques for the treatment of heart disease.

Raul Raucht, MD was an eminent cardiologist who had worked with presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Raunck’s groundbreaking work in cardiology earned him the nickname “Dr. No” in the United States.


Dr Joesph J. Faget, MD., MD (center) and his wife, Dr Anne (right) in a hospital room at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New England.(Photo by Andrew Harnik, AP) In 1959, Fagets pioneering work on blood clotting in patients with advanced cancer helped the United Kingdom to break the world record for treating advanced cancer.

He died of brain cancer in 1981.


Dr James F. Macpherson, MD on a couch at his home in Philadelphia.

Macherson is best known as the author of the book “How to Lose a Guy,” and he also developed the diagnostic tests used by the World Health Organization to diagnose cancer.


Dr John C. Cipriani, MD with his son, Dr James Ciprini, MD after undergoing surgery on his leg.

(Source: NBCNews) After the U-2 crash, Drs Ciprisons son, John, and his father, Dr J Cipres, Jr., took over operations and the operations were done by Drs Macpherts son, James, and Dr Cipre, Jr. They also helped to make the first “walking boot,” a surgical device that uses a robotic leg that the surgeon is able to hold in place while walking.


Dr Edward T. Higgs, MD who was working as a medical director at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Baltimore, MD when he suffered a stroke.

The stroke affected his ability to speak and function.

He had previously had several other strokes, including a stroke that left him paralysed.


Dr Michael R. Pescatore, MD from a chair in his office in New Orleans.

He is considered one of the greatest cardiologists of all time.


Dr David J. Buss, MD working in a surgical room.

(Credit: NBC) He was a pioneering cardiologist and surgeon who was credited with pioneering techniques for

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