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Virtual Mentor. February 2000, Volume 2, Number 2.

Profile of a Role Model

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Michael E. DeBakey, MD

The journal presents its first Virtual Mentor Award for being an exemplary role model in medicine to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, a pioneer cardiovascular surgeon who is credited for helping to develop coronary artery bypass operations, heart transplants, and MASH units.

In February, the month to celebrate love and romance, we present the first Virtual Mentor Award for being an exemplary role model in medicine to Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, a physician and surgeon who has spent his professional career healing ailing hearts.

Dr. DeBakey earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1932. After military service in World War II, he worked in the US Surgeon General's Office and is credited with developing MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) units. The establishment of MASH units led to the saving thousands of lives during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

As a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular surgery, Dr. DeBakey's work led to the development of coronary artery bypass operations and heart transplants, which are now common procedures. As a lifelong scholar, he has published hundreds of articles and book chapters on an array of surgical topics, and also spearheaded the movement to establish the National Library of Medicine. As a humanitarian, his expertise has not only saved the lives of kings and heads of state, but also those whose life circumstances are less fortunate.

For his extraordinary embodiment of the art and science of medicine, we are proud to present Dr. DeBakey with the first Virtual Mentor Award.

Each month, we will select profiles of role models to post in this space, and those selected will receive a gift of appreciation.

Nominations should include the following information:

1. Student's name, address, phone, e-mail, and medical school
2. Role model's name, title, and institution
3. Description of an experience (500-800 words)

Send your profiles to: Audiey Kao, MD, PhD, Institute for Ethics, AMA, 515 North State, Chicago, IL 60610

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