NLM History of Medicine Lecture, May 23

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held Thursday, May 23, from 2 pm to 3:00pm in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.  This special program will be the third annual NLM Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, honoring the legacy of Dr. DeBakey as it exists in modern medical practice and in the ongoing public engagement of the NLM.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Andrew T. Simpson, PhD — 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His topic will be:

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

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine is supported by a generous gift to the NLM by the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation This lecture will be live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting:

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-827-4577, e-mail<>, or via the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

In addition, we warmly welcome you to visit our blog, “Circulating Now,” where you can learn more about the collections and related programs of the History of Medicine Division of the NLM:

Here also you can read interviews with previous lecturers:

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

Sponsored by:
NLM’s History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief

Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Section Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts History of Medicine Division National Library of Medicine, NIH

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