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Michael DeBakey

Michael DeBakey
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Artist
Peter Shapiro, 17 Jan 1933 - 16 Oct 2004
Sitter
Michael DeBakey, 7 Sep 1908 - 11 Jul 2008
Date
1998 cast of 1997 original
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze bust
Dimensions
With Socle: 53.3 × 60.3 × 40.6cm (21 × 23 3/4 × 16")
Socle footprint: 60.3 × 40.6cm (23 3/4 × 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
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Copyright
© 1997, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.98.35
Exhibition Label
Born Lake Charles, Louisiana
An innovative leader in the treatment of heart disease, surgeon Michael DeBakey helped inaugurate a new era in cardiovascular surgery. The pump he designed for use in blood transfusions proved critical to the development of heart-lung machines that made open-heart surgery possible. DeBakey also pioneered the use of Dacron fabric for vascular grafts and tubing. In the 1960s he led efforts to develop a mechanical pump—known as a ventricular assist device—to support patients with failing heart function. Among the first to perform coronary bypasses, DeBakey made history in 1968 when he and his team transplanted four organs from a single donor to four different recipients.
Nacido en Lake Charles, Louisiana
El cirujano Michael DeBakey, líder y pionero en el tratamiento de las enfermedades cardiacas, inauguró una nueva era para la cirugía cardiovascular. DeBakey diseñó una bomba para transfusiones de sangre que resultó crucial en el desarrollo de las máquinas de reanimación cardiopulmonar que posibilitaron la cirugía de corazón abierto. También fue el precursor del uso de material sintético (dacrón) en injertos y entubados vasculares. Durante la década de 1960 lideró esfuerzos para crear una bomba mecánica (conocida como “dispositivo de asistencia ventricular”) que apoyara las funciones de pacientes con insuficiencia cardiaca. DeBakey fue de los primeros en realizar desvíos coronarios (bypasses) y en 1968 hizo historia cuando junto a su equipo trasplantó cuatro órganos de un solo donante a cuatro receptores distintos.
Provenance
Peter E. Shapiro [1933-2004]; purchased NPG 1998
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View
NPG, South Gallery 342
Usage
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