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NLM Announces 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine

November 27, 2018

Following its April 27, 2018, call for applications to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, the NLM is pleased to announce its 2019 DeBakey Fellows:

Sara Farhan, MA
PhD Candidate in History
York University
Research Project: Baghdad and Beirut in Baylor: Surgical Pedagogies and the Internationalization of Medical Education, 1945-1970

Susan Y. Green, MPH
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Research Project: The Development of the DeBakey Classification of Aortic Dissection

Michael Kronenfeld, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
University Librarian
A.T. Still Memorial Library
A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences
Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, PhD
Professor Emerita Arizona State University
Research Project: The History of Health Science Librarianship

Kelly S. O’Donnell, PhD
College of Humanities and Sciences
Thomas Jefferson University
Research Project: How the Doctor’s Wife Transformed American Medicine

Tom Quick, PhD
Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine
University of Manchester
Research Project: Bacteriology and Wound Care during World War II

Matthew Stibbe, PhD
Humanities Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Research Project: Civilian Internment during the First World War: Humanitarian Relief and Medical Interventions

Over the course of the next year, these fellows will undertake their research projects onsite in the History of Medicine Division of the Library, not only in the Michael E. DeBakey papers but also in other parts of the NLM historical collections which span ten centuries, encompass variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine is made possible through a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation. The NLM is authorized to accept donations in support of its mission.

Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston's Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. Michael DeBakey was instrumental in bringing the NLM to the NIH campus and served for many years on NLM’s Board of Regents.

In addition to undertaking their research projects, the NLM’s Michael E. DeBakey Fellows will be required to:

  • consult with NLM staff on existing finding aids and related resources, to improve the Library's knowledge of the collections, so this knowledge can be better shared;
  • meet the expectations of the NIH public access policy for publicly supported work, and acknowledge the NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine in any resulting scholarly works;
  • be available to the NLM Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL) and History of Medicine Division for interviews;
  • author at least one guest blog post for Circulating Now, based on her/his research in the NLM Michael E. DeBakey papers, as previous fellows have done and which are available as a collection here.

Selected fellows will be invited to return to the Library to present an annual NLM Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, as part of the History of Medicine Division's existing lecture series.

For further information about the materials available for historical research at the NLM, please visit, or contact the NLM History of Medicine reference desk at NLM Customer Support or by phone at 301-402-8878. Questions about the NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine may be directed to these same points of contact.


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Last Reviewed: November 27, 2018