Dr. DeBakey, innovative heart surgeon, died last night.
July 12, 2008 10:32 AM Subscribe
Dr. Michael E. DeBakey
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died last night
a few months shy of 100 years old. The father of modern cardiovascular surgery
, he extended the lives of thousands through multiple surgical innovations.
He died of natural causes at Methodist Hospital, the hospital he worked at well into his 90's, part of the Texas Medical Center, which his work helped establish as a center of medical and scholastic excellence during his lifetime.
Some of those innovations he created: the roller pump (while in med school in the 1930's) the central part of a heart-lung machine that made open heart surgery possible, the connection between smoking and lung cancer, Dacron grafts, MASH units, and techniques to repair a ruptured aorta (surgery he underwent himself at 97
Among the over 60,000 patients he operated on in his lifetime: Marlene Dietrich, LBJ, Nixon, Boris Yeltsin, Jerry Lewis.
There's much love for him, but there was also some fear in those in the community who interacted with him
. He was rumored to be a demanding professor as well as demanding to work with in the OR. His feud with Dr. Denton Cooley
was dramatic and long - only recently reconciled late last year. His contributions to modern healthcare are undeniable.