Doctor Michael Ellis DeBakey, internationally renowned cardiovascular surgeon, medical inventor, medical statesman, and teacher, trained thousands of surgeons since 1948, when he accepted the chairmanship of the Department of Surgery at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. After the school separated from Baylor University, he was appointed President of Baylor College of Medicine.

A group of Doctor DeBakey’s trainees came together in 1976 with the goal of founding an organization to honor Doctor DeBakey, provide a forum for international scientific exchange, recognize superior surgeons and provide financial support for surgeons seeking postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine. The Michael E. DeBakey International Cardiovascular Surgical Society was founded January 20, 1977, and subsequently was renamed the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society. This organization now perpetuates Doctor DeBakey’s vision through education, training and recognition. An award program biennially recognizes an outstanding surgeon for significant contributions in the field of surgery and a biennial meeting provides the opportunity for education and international exchange of scientific advances and technology.

Doctor DeBakey’s most visible legacy is reflected by the work and accomplishments of his trainees throughout the world. The seeds of knowledge, words of wisdom, and unrelenting goals of excellence that Doctor Michael E. DeBakey planted in the minds and hearts of the hundreds of physicians he trained and thousands he touched through his teachings and writings germinate to fruition each day and will continue to do so for decades to come.