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Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and His Influence in the Changing Business of Healthcare and the Delivery of American Medicine

Air date: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 2:00:00 PM
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Description: 3rd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine

During his lifetime, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey developed a reputation as a leading voice decrying the growing commercialization of American medicine. At the same time, as the leader of a major medical school and as a clinical and technological innovator, Dr. DeBakey helped to transform how academic medicine and the commercial health care marketplace interacted in Houston and across the globe by working to expand the footprint of cardiovascular surgery in the United States and overseas through program building and consulting agreements as well as developing partnerships between the government, medical schools, and private industry to create and market new medical technologies and devices. Drawing from his papers held by the National Library of Medicine, this lecture will explore how Dr. DeBakey negotiated the tension between the academic mission and commercial imperative of American medicine during the late 20th century, and how his actions helped to build Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine, into global centers for health care innovation and models for navigating the changing currents of the American healthcare system.

Andrew T. Simpson, a Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine at the NLM in 2017 is an Assistant Professor of History at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His book, Making the Medical Metropolis: Health Care and Urban Change in Pittsburgh and Houston (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press) examines the relationship between cities and not-for-profit health care in the late twentieth century United States. Simpson’s other research includes the history of emergency medical services, the history of telemedicine and its connection to NASA, and multidisciplinary work examining the relationship between health vocational training, economic opportunity, and health disparities. Prior to returning to graduate school, he worked in community development and local politics
Author: Andrew T. Simpson, Ph.D., 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Runtime: 1 hour