Baylor College of Medicine Patient Care at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (320x240)
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has been affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine since 1949. Today it is one of the VA's largest hospitals, serving Harris County and 27 surrounding counties.

Baylor physicians provide 98 percent of the care at MEDVAMC. Baylor department chairs serve on the hospital's Deans Committee to set medical care standards and to recommend measures to assure that the highest quality of medical care is delivered to the veteran patients. Baylor faculty also serve as service chiefs at the hospital.

At this state-of-the-art hospital building that features advanced design and technology Baylor physicians provide exceptional care to our nation’s veterans. Located on a 118-acre campus and built in 1991, the six-story granite building is designed with four exterior sections and four atriums that contain patio gardens, wheelchair basketball courts, and a rehabilitation pool.

Veterans from around the country are referred to MEDVAMC and the Baylor physicians that provide care there for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, ophthalmology, nuclear medicine, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases.

At the MEDVAMC, Baylor physicians care for patients within its Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; an award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; VA Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; VA Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; VA Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers.

Research conducted by Baylor faculty at the MEDVAMC, including programs shared between the two institutions like the Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence, ensure veterans access to cutting-edge health care.