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Michael Ellis DeBakey
Birth: Sep. 7, 1908
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 2008
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Cardiovascular Surgeon, Medical Pioneer. Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he was the son of Christian Lebanese parents. He received his undergraduate degree and medical training from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is best remembered for performing the world's first successful artificial heart transplant operation in 1966, and as an early developer of the modern heart-lung machine. He was also instrumental in perfecting surgical procedures involving coronary bypass operations and aortic aneurysm repairs. He served as a surgical consultant during the Second World War and devised the concept of Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals, more commonly known as M.A.S.H. units. Following the war he joined the staff of Baylor College, serving as professor and chairman of the department of surgery. He served as the college's president from 1969 to 1979 and as chancellor from 1978 to 1996. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit Medal in 1948, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 and the National Medal of Science in 1987. During his career he performed and assisted in over 20 thousand heart related operations, many on well know celebrities and foreign heads of state. He died in a Houston hospital at the age of 99. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34, Site 399-A
 
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Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Jul 12, 2008
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