1932 – Dr. Michael E. DeBakey invents roller pump that is used in heart-lung machine.
1948 – Dr. DeBakey joins BCM as the Chair of the Department of Surgery.
1953 – Dr. DeBakey performs first removal of blockage in carotid artery.
1953 – Development of Dacron artificial grafts for cardiac bypass surgery.
1956 – Dr. DeBakey performs first patch graft angioplasty.
1958 – Dr. Paul Ellis and Dr. Leroy Kleinsasser perform Baylor's first open heart surgery.
1958 – Dr. DeBakey performs first successful Patch Graft Angioplasty.
1960 – Development of artificial heart begins.
1963 – The first live TV broadcast of a heart valve operation.
1964 – Dr. DeBakey performs first successful coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
1966 – Dr. DeBakey performs the first successful Clinical Application of Left Ventricular Bypass Pump.
1978 – The Michael E. DeBakey Center for Biomedical Education and Research is created.
1983 – Research on atherosclerosis commenced by Dr. DeBakey and Dr. Joseph Melnick.
1985 – The DeBakey Heart Center is created.
1987 – Dr. DeBakey, Dr. Melnick and their associates determined that cytomegalovirus infection at a young age could lead to the development of atherosclerosis later in life.
1998 – Dr. DeBakey develops Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) with assistance from NASA.
2000 – First DeBakey micro VAD implanted in an American patient.