Many consider Michael E. DeBakey, MD, to be the greatest surgeon ever.
Over a 74-year career, the 96-year-old DeBakey has performed more than
60 000 surgeries and published more than 1600 scientific articles. His
research was key to the creation of the heart-lung machine, coronary artery
bypass graft surgery, and carotid endarterectomy. Today his focus is on refining
his left ventricular assist device. During World War II, DeBakey helped develop
the concept of front-line medical treatment now known as the mobile army surgical
hospital, or MASH unit. He also maneuvered through the politics of Washington
and the military to help create the National Library of Medicine.
Mitka M. Michael E. DeBakey, MD. JAMA. 2005;293(8):913-918. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.913