The Michael E. DeBakey Papers
- [Michael DeBakey, seated, with Lasker Award statuette]
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- DeBakey received the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 1963 "For his brilliant leadership and professional
accomplishments, which were responsible in large measure for inaugurating a new era in cardiovascular surgery."
- According to the Lasker Foundation website: "Believing that modern technological developments and the discovery and commercial
production of synthetic materials could be applied to the solution of problems of cardiovascular disease hitherto regarded
as incurable, Dr. DeBakey began, 30 years ago, to perfect new techniques in the surgical laboratory which might be applied
for the benefit of man." The statement goes on to describe DeBakey's accomplishments in this vein, including the
roller pump, artificial blood vessels, surgical treatment of aneurysms, and other daring procedures. It closes by saying:
"His contributions have inspired surgeons throughout the world to higher standards and greater achievements; they honor
him, as we do today, as a trail blazer, a medical statesman, and a master surgeon."
- The widely respected Lasker Awards program, which began in 1945, recognizes "the contributions of scientists, physicians,
and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human
disease." There is a Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, which "honors investigators whose contributions
have improved the clinical treatment of patients." DeBakey became a good friend of Mrs. Lasker, and served as Chairman
of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation medical research awards jury from 1964-1994.
- The Awards Program is named for Albert and Mary Lasker. Mary Woodard Lasker was a champion of medical research and an activist
of public funding for medical research. She was instrumental in increased appropriations for the National Institutes of Health
and the creation of several NIH institutes. Her husband, Albert Davis Lasker, was a pioneer advertising executive.
- Number of Image Pages:
- 1 (263,429 Bytes)
- Date Supplied:
- ca. 1963
- Reproduced with permission of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives.
- Exhibit Category:
- Building Baylor College of Medicine and Expanding Surgical Frontiers, 1948-1963
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- Photographic prints
- Physical Condition:
- Series: Photographs and Artworks, [ca. 1908]-2007
- SubSeries: Personal Photographs, [ca. 1908]-1991
- SubSubSeries: Michael E. DeBakey Portraits, 1910-[1990s]
- Folder: Candids, 1950, -1963, ca. 1970-ca. 1980
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