"A Conversation Remembering Michael E. DeBakey with Dr. Donald A. B. Lindberg, Dr. Steve Phillips, Dr. Tom Bowles, and
Dr. George P. Noon" [Transcript]
George P. Noon is currently a Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, specializing in transplant surgery and assist
devices. His association with DeBakey began in the 1950s when he was a Baylor medical student, and continued during his surgical
residencies. He later became DeBakey's surgical partner, working with him on many surgical advances including aneurysm
repair, heart transplants, cardiac assist devices, and artificial hearts. In this interview, Dr. Noon talks about his work
with DeBakey, noting that he was "a tough taskmaster." He discusses DeBakey's accomplishments, including his role
in developing the first MASH units during World War II, the establishment of the National Library of Medicine, and his many
advances in cardiovascular surgery. He also talks about DeBakey's longstanding professional connections with surgeons
in the Soviet Union, and the bypass operation done on Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1996, under DeBakey's supervision.
Other notable DeBakey patients (e.g., the Duke of Windsor and the Shah of Iran) are discussed. Noon provides details about
the history of DeBakey's work on artificial hearts and assist devices. He talks about his mentor's reputation in the
international medical community, as well as his reputation as an educator in Houston. Dr. Noon also relates his experience
operating on DeBakey to repair a dissecting aneurysm in 2006.
Retired cardiac surgeons Steven Phillips and L. Thompson Bowles also contributed to this interview.
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2010-01-13 (January 13, 2010)
Noon, George P.
Baylor College of Medicine
Interviewer: Lindberg, Donald A. B.
Interviewer: Phillips, Steven J.
Interviewer: Bowles, L. Thompson
National Library of Medicine
Reproduced with permission of George P. Noon.
A Conversation Remembering Michael E. DeBakey with Dr. Donald A. B. Lindberg, Dr. Steve Phillips, Dr. Tom Bowles, and Dr.
George P. Noon (January 13, 2010)