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Saturday, July 12th 2008

Dr. Debakey Dies

Dr. Michael Debakey has passed at 99.

”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.”

I’ve tried to decide what makes a great surgeon. And I’m using that adjective and ‘famous’ as synonyms. There is a personality for self promotion behind it, no doubt. But I think the obvious answer is innovation. And Dr. Debakey did not lack for that talent. The man was incredible in his genius and his foresight and contributed incredible innovations to the practice of cardiovascular surgery.

Rest in peace Dr. Debakey.

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