The Art of Baylor: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey

Students come to Baylor College of Medicine to learn the art of medicine, but if they look closely they may get an art education as well.

Today we’re taking a look at the art commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the father of modern cardiovascular surgery. These pieces can be found in and around the Michael E. DeBakey Library & Museum.

 “The Pursuit of Excellence Has Been My Objective In Life”

This bronze sculpture was created by Edd Hayes thanks to the generosity of the law firm Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. It was unveiled in on May 14, 2010, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum.


“Mender of Broken Hearts”

These bronze hands were sculpted by Denis Lee and unveiled on Oct. 1, 1990. The right hand, which floats in space, is removing the glove from the left, symbolizing the end of a surgery.



This portrait of DeBakey was created by artist Aaron Shikler, best known for his paintings of American statesmen. It was unveiled during the October 1980 dedication of the DeBakey Building here at Baylor and was commissioned by Jeanette Efron, a member of the Baylor 10, a volunteer philanthropic and fundraising group.


Learn more about the Art of Baylor.

By Andy Phifer and Christine Moldovan


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