Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Michael E. DeBakey
Inducted in 1996
DeBakey was a surgeon who performed the first aorto-coronary artery bypass. DeBakey, who lived till the age of 99, reportedly performed more than 60,000 heart surgeries during his long career. He was also credited with developing Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or MASH units, and performed the first carotid artery blockage removal and the first path-graft angioplasty. It was his testimony before Congress in 1963 that helped garner federal support for an artificial heart program. The next year, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed DeBakey chairman of the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke. Just a couple of years after that, he would perform the first successful partial implantation of a partial artificial heart. In 1968, he led a team in a multiple transplantation procedure, where four patients received a heart, kidneys and one lung from a single donor.In 1999, the Baylor College of Medicine named its surgery department after DeBakey, who served as the department's chairman from 1948 to 1993, as president from 1969 to 1979 and chancellor from 1979 to 1996.