70 years of victories: Moving forward

As we look back through BCM’s history from our arrival in Houstona new chapter in our history,  decades of accolades and accomplishments we focus on the College’s growth in research in programs, centers and specialties, as well as new facilities from 2005 through 2012.

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Expanding buildings, growing research

Several gifts during this time helped BCM break ground on new buildings and fund research areas and programs.

The Margaret M. Alkek Building for Biomedical Research

The Margaret M. Alkek Building for Biomedical Research

Through a $31.25 million gift from the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, the College broke ground for the Margaret M. Alkek Building for Biomedical Research in 2005. The gift helped the College establish and expand interdisciplinary research programs in cardiovascular sciences, diabetes, cancer, pharmacogenomics, imaging, informatics and proteomics. The funding was also used for faculty leadership recruitment, laboratory development and state-of-the-art equipment.

In 2006, Dan L. Duncan donated $100 million to Baylor College of Medicine’s Cancer Center, an integrated research, education and patient treatment center. The College renamed the center the Dan. L. Duncan Cancer Center.  The center received a National Cancer Institute designation in 2007, becoming one of 62 National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers.

In 2008, Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Space Medicine opened – a one-of-a-kind academic center where faculty, students, residents and staff work to push new frontiers of space biomedical research and education, with a focus on translating space advances to benefit health on Earth.

BCM becomes “Tulane West”

Tulane University School of Medicine students and, from left,  Dr. Ian L. Taylor, Tulane's Associate Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine and Dr. N. Kevin Krane, Tulane's Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, give Dr. Michael E. DeBakey a standing ovation  during Tulane's orientation at Baylor College of Medicine. Tulane was Dr. DeBakey's alma mater.

Tulane University School of Medicine students and, from left, Dr. Ian L. Taylor, Tulane’s Associate Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine and Dr. N. Kevin Krane, Tulane’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, give Dr. Michael E. DeBakey a standing ovation during Tulane’s orientation at Baylor College of Medicine.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wrecked many of the facilities at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, La.

BCM offered Tulane medical students and the school a home while repairs were underway on their campus in the Big Easy.

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey was instrumental in the temporary home for Tulane medical students.

Tulane was Dr. DeBakey’s Alma Mater.

DeBakey’s lasting legacy at BCM

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey poses with, from left, President George W. Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the presentation of Dr. DeBakey's Congressional Gold Medal in 2008.

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey poses with, from left, President George W. Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the presentation of Dr. DeBakey’s Congressional Gold Medal in 2008.

While Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Michael E. DeBakey received about 50 honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and universities, as well as more than 200 awards from educational institutions, professional and civic organizations, and governments throughout the world, in 2008 he was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a U.S. civilian.

Following Dr. DeBakey’s death on July 11, 2008, an estimated 2,00 visitors passed through City Hall to pay tribute to the cardiovascular pioneer and attend a memorial service at the Co-Cathedral of the Scared Heart.

The Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum opened in 2010, a memorial to the life of the pioneer of cardiovascular surgery. A 12-foot bronze statue of Dr. DeBakey by sculptor Edd Hayes was also unveiled in front of the building.

-By Audrey M. Marks

One thought on “70 years of victories: Moving forward

  1. The fast responses of Dr. DeBakey, BCM leadership, and faculty and staff to assist the Tulane students, as well as providing care for the influx of the many, many survivors of Hurricane Katrina, was one of the most beautiful, defining moments in the history of the College.

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