16 Famous People Who Went To Med School

Several famous actors, athletes, musicians, and politicians have attended medical school. Some of these celebrities graduated with M.D.s while others dropped out of college to pursue alternative careers. One of the NBA’s biggest stars even went to medical school before focusing on basketball. This list of famous people who went to med school has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person who attended medical school? Che Guevara tops our list. The revolutionary figure attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires in the late-1940s. It was while Guevara was traveling South America for medical school that he became inspired to fight for the rights of people in Latin America.

Several athletes also went to medical school. Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006 and gymnast Amy Chow graduated with her medical degree from Stanford in 2007.

Two-time NBA Champion Pau Gasol is an example of a celebrity dropping out of medical school to pursue a different career. Other celebs who were initially pursuing medical degrees from prestigious colleges include Dexter Holland and Jay Sean.

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Che Guevara

Revolutionary figure Che Guevara attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires in the late-1940s.


Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul attended Duke University School of Medicine and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.


Ken Jeong

The Hangover actor Ken Jeong graduated from medical school at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. He is licensed as a physician in California.


Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1969.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle attended the Edinburgh University Medical School from 1876-1881.


Dexter Holland

The Offspring singer Dexter Holland began attending the USC Keck School of Medicine in 2013.


Deepak Chopra

Spiritual guru Depak Chopra received his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1968.


Pau Gasol

NBA player Pau Gasol attended medical school at the University of Barcelona, but he quit to focus on his basketball career.


Howard Dean

Politician Howard Dean received his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Robin Cook

Author Robin Cook attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Harvard University.


Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1993.


Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine in 1993.


Jenny Thompson

Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006.


Jay Sean

Musician Jay Sean attended Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London, but he quit to pursue his music career.


Amy Chow

Olympian Amy Chow graduated from Stanford Medical School in 2007.