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Dr. Michael E. DeBakey Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

A photographic history of heart surgery pioneer Dr. Michael DeBakey.

All photos courtesy of Houston Methodist and Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. To view full-sized image, click the thumbnail. To save, right-click on the full-size image and choose "Save Picture As..."

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Dr. Michael DeBakey uses his wife's sewing machine to construct Dacron artery grafts. (1953)

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The first live television broadcast of an open-heart surgery, from Houston Methodist Hospital. (1965)

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Musician Guy Lombardo, left, was Dr. Michael DeBakey’s patient. (1950s)

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The Duchess and Duke of Windsor (at left) are escorted through Houston Methodist Hospital by (L to R) Dr. Michael DeBakey, hospital administrator Ted Bowen, nurse Patricia Temple, and Gloria Hahneman, an administrative assistant. (1964)

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Surgeon to celebrities and royalty, Dr. Michael DeBakey shares a joke with TV comedian Danny Thomas. (1960s)

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President Lyndon Baines Johnson awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Michael DeBakey.(1969)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey performed some of the first U.S. heart transplants at Houston Methodist Hospital.(1969)

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Dr. George Noon, right, a frequent surgical partner, scrubs in with Dr. Michael DeBakey. (1997)

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First Lady Barbara Bush meets Dr. Michael DeBakey during an official visit to Houston Methodist Hospital. (1990)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey (1993 photo)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey outside the operating room. (1960s)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey poses with the staff of the Fondren-Brown operating room at Houston Methodist, where he performed his groundbreaking surgeries. (2005)

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Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn greets Dr. Michael DeBakey after Glenn’s space shuttle flight. (1998)

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Russian president Boris Yeltsin meets with Dr. Michael DeBakey before Yeltsin’s heart surgery in Moscow. (1996)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey (right) observes as Dr. George Noon (far left) prepares a MicroMed DeBakey left ventricular assist device for implantation into the first U.S. patient. (2000)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey conducted research and taught physicians as a professor at Baylor College of Medicine. (1940s)

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The cover of Time magazine, May 1965.

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Dr. Michael DeBakey outside the operating room. (1960s)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey (2003 photo)

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Dr. Michael DeBakey performed surgery late in his career, he is 90 years old in this photo. (1998)

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Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, shown in a photo at age 99, died of natural causes at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston. A world-renowned surgeon, DeBakey is credited with inventing many surgical techniques which have saved thousands of lives. Photo courtesy of Houston Methodist Hospital. (2008)