François Gigot de La Peyronie

François Gigot de La Peyronie (1678 – 1747) was a French surgeon.

Founder of the French Royal Academy of Surgery

  • Born 15 January 1678, Montpellier
  • 1695 – Maistre-chirurgien et barbier de Montpellier
  • Surgeon at the l’Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Eloi in Montpellier
  • 1704 –
  • 1714 – surgeon-major at the Hôpital de la Charité 
  • 1731 – Founded de l’Académie Royale de Chirurgie. President from 1736-1747
  • 1736 – Personal Surgeon to King Louis XV (1710 – 1774)
  • Died 25 April 1747, Montpellier

Medical Eponyms

Fun Facts

His name was actually Lapeyronie, which means “little stone”, and his father was a lithotomist (stone cutter).

Major Publications



the person behind the name

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