The Michael E. DeBakey Library & Museum, which chronicles the life of the pioneering heart surgeon, as well as the history of the Baylor College of Medicine, opened its doors May 14, 2010.
A recreation of the Operating Room, presented as Dr. DeBakey designed it, is among the exhibits, as is a collection from among the hundreds of framed photographs Dr. DeBakey kept in his offices and conference room. His conference room table, which was the college's original board table, is part of the museum's exhibits. A replica of the sewing machine he used to make the first Dacron graft also is on display.
Memorabilia from DeBakey's long career includes many of his awards and honors. There are also many hours of videotape of Dr. DeBakey's surgeries, speeches and other events that can be accessed on large screen monitors.
DeBakey served as BCM's first president, chancellor and chancellor emeritus. He was chair of surgery from 1948 until 1993. He was often referred to as the father of modern cardiovascular surgery.