Awarded: April 2000
(Sep. 7, 1908 - July 11, 2008)
Michael DeBakey is internationally recognized and respected for his pioneering work in the field of cardiovascular surgery, as well as for his innovative research into this and other fields of medicine. He is credited with inventing and perfecting scores of medical devices, techniques and procedures that have led to healthy hearts and productive lives for millions throughout the world. Dacron arteries, arterial bypass operations, artificial hearts, heart pumps and heart transplants are common procedures in today’s medicine, thanks to Dr. DeBakey.