DeBakey Library & Museum Opens at The Baylor College of Medicine

The Michael E. DeBakey Library & Museum, which chronicles the life of the pioneering heart surgeon, as well as the history of the Baylor College of Medicine, opened its doors May 14, 2010.

The museum chronicles DeBakey’s life and the evolution of heart surgery from its early days. Exhibits include a reproduction of his Operating Room, a collection of photographs and awards presented to DeBakey, a replica of the sewing machine he used to design the first Dacron graft and hours of video of his surgeries, speeches, interviews and other appearances.

DeBakey served as BCM’s first president, chancellor and chancellor emeritus. He was chair of surgery from 1948 until 1993. He was often referred to as the father of modern cardiovascular surgery.

Artifacts on display, include surgical instruments and equipment he designed, original manuscripts, and his conference table, which was the college’s first board of trustees table. DeBakey’s desk, complete with hot plate burn marks when he ate at his desk, also is on display.

The museum was funded privately, with more than $24.4 million coming from about 475 donors. The funds were used for the museum and for the expansion of the DeBakey Center, adding three floors of new classrooms, laboratories, conference space and the Education Resource Center.

Contributing $500,000 and above were The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, The DeBakey Medical Foundation, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation Inc. and The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine.

Bailey Architects designed the 4,735-square foot museum.

The museum is open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Parking is available in nearby Texas Medical Center parking garages. Information, including how to arrange tours, is available on the museum website at: www.bcm.edu/debakeymuseum

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