Michael DeBakey

1908 - 2008

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Michael Ellis DeBakey (born Michel Dabaghi; September 7, 1908 – July 11, 2008) was a Lebanese-American vascular surgeon and cardiac surgeon, scientist and medical educator who became the chancellor emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, director of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center (formerly known as Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center), and senior attending surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital (formerly known as the Methodist Hospital) in Houston, with a career spanning 75 years. Born to Lebanese Christian immigrants, DeBakey was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by the physicians that he had met at his father's drug store, and he simultaneously learned sewing skills from his mother. He subsequently attended Tulane University for his premedical course and Tulane University School of Medicine to study medicine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael DeBakey has received more than 431,791 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Michael DeBakey is the 280th most popular physician (up from 287th in 2019), the 2,529th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,566th in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Physician.

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Among physicians, Michael DeBakey ranks 280 out of 509Before him are Randy Schekman, Hakaru Hashimoto, August Oetker, Andrew Taylor Still, Richard Axel, and Filippo Pacini. After him are Harvey Cushing, Hilary Koprowski, Michel-Gabriel Paccard, Moritz Kaposi, Realdo Colombo, and Leonid Kulik.

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Among people born in 1908, Michael DeBakey ranks 101Before him are Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Sicco Mansholt, Lev Pontryagin, Sergei Sobolev, Michael Redgrave, and Libertad Lamarque. After him are Jean Delannoy, João Guimarães Rosa, Fyodor Okhlopkov, Lionel Hampton, Carlo Abarth, and Arturo Frondizi. Among people deceased in 2008, Michael DeBakey ranks 87Before him are Nouhak Phoumsavanh, Henri Salvador, Suzanne Pleshette, Paul Frère, Andrew Bertie, and Kiyosi Itô. After him are Jean Delannoy, Gerard Damiano, Manuel Marulanda, Sufi Abu Taleb, Leyla Gencer, and Estelle Getty.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael DeBakey ranks 2,529 out of 15,968Before him are Johnston McCulley (1883), J. Walter Christie (1865), Maurice Sendak (1928), Michelle Williams (1980), Henry A. Wallace (1888), and Dennis Wilson (1944). After him are Nelson Algren (1909), Harvey Cushing (1869), Esther Williams (1921), Ben Johnson (1918), Paul Rudd (1969), and Leonard Susskind (1940).

Among PHYSICIANS In United States

Among physicians born in United States, Michael DeBakey ranks 34Before him are George H. Hitchings (1905), Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (1923), William Bates (1860), Randy Schekman (1948), Andrew Taylor Still (1828), and Richard Axel (1946). After him are Harvey Cushing (1869), Robert Lefkowitz (1943), Horace Wells (1815), James Curtis Hepburn (1815), Crawford Long (1815), and George Huntington (1850).