credit: Scott Holmescredit: Agapito Sanchezcredit: Scott Holmes The Pursuit of Excellence The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery's commitment to surgical, educational and research excellence - established when Dr. DeBakey became our first chair in 1948 - endures today. Education We are focused on training and educating the next generation of surgeons and surgeon-scientists. Healthcare Our mission is to provide healthcare services that are of the highest quality. We strive to deliver compassionate care to all our patients. Research We are dedicated to creating an environment where surgical investigators discover new knowledge, develop innovations, and translate research advances into improvements in patient care. Community Outreach Our commitment to community ranges near and far, and from engagements with existing charitable and not-for-profit organizations to those generated by department members.