Dennis DeBakey attended the First Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine in honor of his father on Tuesday. The lecture celebrates the legacy of Michael E. DeBakey in modern medical practice and in the ongoing public service of the National Library of Medicine.
"Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, medical statesman, and one of most stalwart supporters of the National Library of Medicine. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston's Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world." - U.S. National Library of Medicine; https://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/debakey-lecture-2017.html