Thursday, February 28, 2019
Hines, George L. MD
Division of Vascular Surgery, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, New York
The author has no conflicts of interest to report.
Michael DeBakey was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1908. His parents were Lebanese immigrants who apparently instilled in their son the concepts of hard work and a desire to excel. He attended college and medical school at Tulane. He began a surgical residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. While there, he met 2 surgeons who greatly influenced his later professional life: Dr. Rudolph Matas, who had developed endoaneurysmorrhaphy for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm, and Dr. Alton Ochsner. Both of these doctors were surgical greats of their era. While a resident, Dr. DeBakey did research involving many general surgical issues including peptic ulcer disease and subphrenic abscess. He also developed a roller pump to aid in blood transfusions. This roller pump concept was later to become an integral part of the heart-lung machine.1/.../