- David Hayes Agnew: Attended as operating surgeon when President James A. Garfield was fatally wounded by an assassin's bullet in 1881
- William Wallace Anderson: Medical doctor, and architect whose works in South Carolina attained National Historic Landmarks status; he was also the father of Confederate General Richard H. Anderson
- John Light Atlee: One of the organizers of, and past President of the American Medical Association
- John Milton Bernhisel: Personal family physician to Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, and a close friend of Brigham Young
- Michael S. Brown: Nobel laureate and the 1985 recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
- Nathaniel Chapman: 1st President of the American Medical Association
- William Holmes Crosby, Jr. Considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern hematology
- Samuel Gibson Dixon: Leading expert in the prevention and treatment of tubercolosis
- Pliny Earle (physician), Class of 1837: American physician, psychiatrist, and poet, and a founder of the American Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane, and the New England Psychological Society
- Gerald Edelman: Nobel laureate and founder and director of The Neurosciences Institute
- Archibald Magill Fauntleroy: Surgeon in the Confederate Army
- Walter Freeman (neurologist): Lobotomist who performed nearly 3500 lobotomies in 23 states
- A.Y.P. Garnett: President of the American Medical Association who served Jefferson Davis (as personal physician) and Robert E. Lee during the American Civil War
- Isaac Hays: Opthamologist and 1st treasurer of the American Medical Association
- Albert Kligman: Dermatologist who invented Retin-A, a popular acne medication
- David E. Kuhl: Pioneering developer of positron emission tomography, also known as PET scanning, a nuclear medicine imaging technique
- Crawford Long: Namesake of Emory University-operated Crawford Long Hospital in downtown Atlanta
- Charles Delucena Meigs: Pioneering leader in obstetrics
- John Peter Mettauer: the 1st plastic surgeon in the U.S.
- Reuben D. Mussey: In 1835 he wrote the first definitive history of tobacco documenting its dangers, and later served as President of the American Medical Association
- Mehmet Oz: Surgeon, author and TV host
- Sidney Pestka: American biochemist and geneticist sometimes referred to as the "father of interferon"
- Philip Syng Physick, Class of 1785: One of the foremost surgeons in post-colonial America, his patients included John Adams's daughter, Dolley Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall and President Andrew Jackson
- Stanley B. Prusiner: Nobel laureate and the 1994 recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
- Isaac Starr: Cardiovascular researcher and the 1957 recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
- Alfred Stillé: the 1st Secretary, and later President of the American Medical Association
- Bert Vogelstein: Cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins University
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