In 1937, DeBakey joined the faculty of Tulane. He volunteered for military service during World War II, becoming the Director of the Surgical Consultants' Division in the United States Army Surgeon General's Office. During his term, proposed a series of mobile field medical units called Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals or M.A.S.H.'s that allowed experienced medical service that could be quickly accessed by the wounded.
In 1964, Dr. DeBakey was the first to perform a successful aortocoronary artery bypass, using the large vein in the leg to bypass the blocked or damaged area between the aorta and coronary arteries, a life-saving operation now used throughout the world.
DeBakey, Michael E., Cooley, Denton A., and Creech, Oscar, Jr.: Surgical considerations of dissecting aneurysms of the aorta.
DeBakey, Michael E., Creech, Oscar, Jr., and Morris, George C., Jr.: Aneurysm of thoracoabdominal aorta involving the celiac, superior mesenteric, and renal arteries.
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