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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Congratulations to Dr. Michael DeBakey on Congressional Gold Medal

April 24, 2008
Press Release

Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) congratulated Dr. Michael DeBakey for his remarkable career in medicine on Wednesday at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony to honor DeBakey in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. 

“His talent for healing and penchant for devising brilliant new techniques have served multitudes around the world, but he means something extra special to Harris County,” Green said. “I’m proud to know him and to have worked with him.”

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award the U.S. Congress can bestow. DeBakey, who will turn 100 in September, was born of Lebanese immigrants. He proposed the M.A.S.H. unit concept that brought advanced surgical techniques up to the borders of the battlefield, which saved countless American soldiers’ lives. He pioneered heart surgery techniques and helped develop the first artificial heart. He has received many awards over his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Science. His name was included on former President Richard Nixon’s infamous enemies list.