Lebanese Expatriate Micheal Dabaghi lived a long life
World renowned surgeon Michael Dabaghi, or Michael Ellis DeBakey, died of “natural causes” at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas on Friday night at the age of 99.
In 1959, Dabaghi performed the first successful carotid endarterectomy, a surgical procedure to correct the carotid artery, which is located in the neck. Two decades earlier, he had been one of the first medical professionally to perform coronary artery bypass.
Among other achievements, Dabaghi was also a pioneer in the development of an artificial heart, and was the first surgeon to successfully use an external heart pump in a patient and performed the first successful patch-graft angioplasty, which became known as the DeBakey artificial graft.
Dabaghi and his team of surgeons were among the first to record surgical procedures on film in the 1960s and, in the late 60s, moved to the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In 2006, he inaugurated the Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum at the Baylor College.
In 1987, then-President Ronald Reagan awarded him the National Medal of Science. Dabaghi was a Health Care Hall of Famer and a recipient of the UN Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was cited as a “Living Legend” but the Library of Congress and in 2008, Dabaghi received the Congressional Gold Medal.
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