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Obituaries Dr. Michael DeBakey Surgeon 2008

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#1 Shalamar

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 10:16 AM

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HOUSTON - Dr. Michael DeBakey, the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, has died. He was 99.

DeBakey died Friday night at The Methodist Hospital in Houston from "natural causes," according to a statement issued early Saturday by Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital.

DeBakey counted world leaders among his patients and helped turn Baylor from a provincial school into one of the nation's great medical institutions.

"Dr. DeBakey's reputation brought many people into this institution, and he treated them all: heads of state, entertainers, businessmen and presidents, as well as people with no titles and no means," said Ron Girotto, president of The Methodist Hospital System.

Girotto said the surgeon "has improved the human condition and touched the lives of generations to come."

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This man affect more lives, touched more hearts that any other. This is the passing of a man whom if he were Roman Catholic would surely end up headed for sainthood.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 10:40 AM

He's had such an impact on modern medicine, and at 99 he had a pretty long life to boot. Rest In Peace sir.

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#3 Shalamar

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 04:40 PM

He trained hundreds of surgeons who have taken his techniques, and knowledge all over the globe. For decades in the high profile world of surgery, it was all the cache a surgeon needed. He was a tireless pioneer and despite his very human flaws- ones endemic to all the best surgeons- he was a giant among them.

I have always felt that he deserved the Nobel Prize for Medicine. And I believe that it was only his long standing rivalary with Cooley that prevented it - though seeing them share the award would have been major cool.

And as to their rivalry, I am glad that they recently made their peace with one another.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 05:51 PM

Wow.

My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

#5 Gambler

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 07:43 PM

My condolences to his family.

Because of his pioneering in the heart bypass area, my father was able to have a quadruple bypass
and survive 3 heart attacks.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:27 PM

My father's cardiologists were trained by him, and to them, and their magnificent training  I owe my fathers life.
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