Houston VA Doctor Receives Prestigious, International Award
May 25, 2012
Earlier this month, the Medical Chapter of the Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut honored Rabih O. Darouiche, M.D., a staff physician in the Medical and Spinal Cord Injury Care Lines at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, with its Gold Medal Award for his career of distinguished scholarly achievement.
The American University of Beirut is an educational, not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York and includes a Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center located in Beirut, Lebanon. Darouiche, like the Houston VA’s namesake, Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., is world-renowned Lebanese-American physician.
“Following Dr. DeBakey’s life-long pursuit of excellence and commitment to medical research in order to make a worldwide impact on health care and improving lives, Dr. Darouiche is carrying on that tradition today at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center,” said Bryan T. Bayley, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., acting MEDVAMC director. “We are very fortunate to have that level of passion and expertise in advancing medical care for our Nation’s heroes.”
Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation, Darouiche is triple-board certified in Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. He is a VA Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the founder and director of the Center of Prostheses Infection at Baylor College of Medicine. Darouiche is also the founder and director of the national Multidisciplinary Alliance Against Device-Related Infections.
“For more than 23 years, Dr. Darouiche has worked tirelessly to bring the latest technology to the DeBakey VA which has had significant impact on the care we provide to our Veterans. He is a true scholar and an enthusiastic teacher,” said J. Kalavar, M.D., MEDVAMC chief of staff. “We are extremely lucky to have such an accomplished and highly esteemed world renowned medical expert on our team.”
Darouiche graduated from medical school at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 1984, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. He has conducted extensive translational research on the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of various health-acquired infections including device-related and surgical site infections with selected research funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has published 17 textbook chapters and 150 peer-reviewed articles, including four publications in the New England Journal of Medicine as a first author. Darouiche has 15 issued patents and has received many national and international awards for his scholarly achievements.
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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 130,000 Veterans in southeast Texas and provides some of the most complex care within the VA Health Care System. The DeBakey VA employs nearly 3,600 staff and is one of 49 institutions within the prestigious Texas Medical Center, one of the largest health and research centers in the world. The DeBakey VA is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; $26.8 million Research and Development Program; and Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center. The hospital offers sophisticated, cutting-edge technology such as PET/CT imaging, the Evident™ microwave ablation system, a CyberKnife®, a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, a Philips Wide Bore Computed Tomography Simulator, the OR•Control System, the Abiomed Impella 2.5 catheter-based heart pump, and the Sapien heart valve. For more than 60 years, the DeBakey VA has served as the primary teaching facility for our major affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine and operates one of the largest VA residency programs in the nation. Each academic year, more than 2,179 students are trained through 194 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, Richmond, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged almost 1.3 million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2011.
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