Michael E DeBakey 1908-2008                                                                              

Michael Ellis DeBakey was born on September 7th 1908, he was the son of Lebanese immigrants who later  after becoming anglicised, changed their name from Dabaghi to DeBakey.

DeBakey was educated at Tulane University where he also received his MD.

In World War II, Dr. DeBakey helped modernize battlefield surgery by urging that doctors be moved from hospitals to the front lines, where only first aid had previously been given.

DeBakey said that he and others created early versions of what became the mobile army surgical hospital, or MASH unit, in the Korean War. For changing the strategy of treating the wounded, the Army awarded him the Legion of Merit.

He was instrumental in the development of heart lung machine and he himself carried out the first coronary artery bypass surgery.

He was to go on to pioneer many operations for conditions such as Aortic Dissection, ironically he himself was to suffer from this condition in his last years although he died of natural causes at the age of 99 in 2008.


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