Throwback Thursday: Breakfast with the champ

Dr. DeBakey joins students for breakfast in 1974. Photo courtesy Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

Dr. DeBakey joins students for breakfast in 1974. Photo courtesy Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

Okay, so maybe this group of students isn’t actually a singing group, but they did get the opportunity to break bread with “the champion” in 1974.

There is no doubt Dr. Michael E. DeBakey had a profound impact on cardiology, surgical innovation and medical education. An innovative mind that created and refined procedures considered standard surgery today, this Throwback Thursday we take a look back at Dr. DeBakey the educator.

Courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives and the 1974 Aesculapian Yearbook, here is a glimpse of DeBakey spending time with students following a breakfast.

In the Baylor College of Medicine history book “The Quest for Excellence Baylor College of Medicine, 1900-2000″, Chief Science Editor Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H., writes:

“Dr. DeBakey proved to be an outstanding and demanding teacher of medical students. ‘When I was a student, he was always a nice guy,’ said Dr. (George) Alexander. ‘He came in and gave good lectures. He expected you to know what there was to know.’”

Dr. DeBakey helped create a culture at the College that is still felt today. Have a professor that inspires or inspired you? Share it below in the comment section.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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