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Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum

DeBakey the Educator

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, first president of Baylor College of Medicine.

In 1948, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey accepted the chairmanship of the department of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, then newly established in Houston. He helped establish the school's residency programs, starting with surgery.

In 1969, he was named BCM's president. In his 10-year tenure in that office, he propelled Baylor toward national and international acclaim as one of the best medical schools in the United States.

One of his proudest educational achievements was the establishment of the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, a joint project of BCM and the Houston Independent School District. The school enabled students, many of them members of underrepresented minorities, to obtain the basic education they needed to do well as undergraduates and eventually enter medical school.

In 1978, he assumed the post of Chancellor, in which he served until 1996, when he became Chancellor Emeritus. A number of buildings, organizations and awards pay tribute to his dedication to the College.

During his career, DeBakey wrote more than 1,400 articles, chapters and books including two New York Times best-sellers: The Living Heart and The New Living Heart Diet. Other popular books he co-authored include The Living Heart Brand Name Shopper's GuideThe Living Heart Guide to Eating Out and The New Living Heart.