Dr. DeBakey to Receive Congressional Gold Medal
President Bush to
Present Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor to
Cardiovascular Medicine Pioneer
WASHINGTON - The
United States Capitol Rotunda will be the
backdrop on April 23 when President George W.
Bush presents the Congressional Gold Medal to
heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.
Public Law 110-95, approved by President Bush on
October 16, 2007, authorized the United States
Mint to strike a gold medal to honor Dr. DeBakey
for his many outstanding contributions to the
Nation. Each Congressional Gold Medal is
individually designed to reflect the
accomplishments of the recipient. The public law
also authorizes the United States Mint to
produce and sell bronze reproductions of the
Engraved on the medal's obverse is an image of
Dr. DeBakey in full hospital scrubs, with a
surgery in progress in the background.
Inscriptions on the obverse are "Michael E.
DeBakey, M.D.," "Act of Congress" and "2007."
The medal's reverse design depicts a human heart
placed prominently over a globe representing the
universal influence of Dr. DeBakey's teachings
on cardiovascular procedures. A ribbon
encircling the heart bears the following quote
by Dr. DeBakey: "The pursuit of excellence has
been my objective in life."
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don
Everhart designed both the obverse and reverse
of the Michael DeBakey Congressional Gold Medal.
Three-inch bronze reproductions of the Michael
DeBakey Congressional Gold Medal, priced at $38,
will be available for purchase beginning noon
(ET) on April 23. One and one-half inch
miniature bronze replicas of the medal, priced
at $3.75, also will be available. Customers may
order these medals and other genuine United
States Mint products at www.usmint.gov, or at
the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
There is an additional shipping and handling fee
of $4.95 per order. Presentation cases also are
To view an image of the Michael DeBakey
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