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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Renaming Ceremony

June 25, 2004

Houston VA Renaming Ceremony

Facility renamed in honor of famed surgeon and veteran Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.
WHEN:
Monday, June 28, 2004, 10 a.m.
WHERE:
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Main Entrance
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030
WHAT:

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas has been renamed in honor of Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. in accordance with Public Law 108-170. The facility will hold a ceremony on June 28, 2004 at 10 a.m. to officially mark the occasion.

BACKGROUND:

Considered the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, Dr. DeBakey is internationally recognized as an ingenious medical inventor and innovator, a steadfast veteran, a gifted and dedicated teacher, a premier surgeon, and an international medical statesman. Volunteering for military service during World War II, DeBakey worked to develop MASH units and establish a specialized medical and surgical center system for treating military personnel returning from war. Through his work with the Hoover Commission in 1948, Dr. DeBakey was instrumental in the conversion of the old Houston Navy Hospital to the Veterans Administration Hospital.

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Point of Contact: VHAHOU Public Affairs

06/10/04