Michael DeBakey M.D. Bronze Medals will be available from the US Mint tomorrow April 23, 2008 at 12:00 Noon ET. The release will coincide with the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. DeBakey by President Bush.
Dr. Debakey is well known for his pioneering work in cardiovascular surgery and the artificial heart. He has operated on more than 60,000 patients including Russian President Boris Yeltsin. He is 99 years old and still practices medicine to this day. Check out his Wikipedia entry for more details, including the long list of awards he has received.
The medals available from the Mint are bronze reproduction of the Congressional Gold Medal. The obverse depicts an image of Dr. Debakey in hospital scrubs with a surgery in the background. The reverse depicts a human heart placed over a globe. A ribbon encircling the heart bears the quote by Dr. DeBakey: “The pursuit of excellence has been my objective in life.”
The medals will be available as a three inch bronze medal priced at $38 and a one-half inch minitiature bronze replica priced for $3.75.