Varsha in Houston

Varsha is a sophomore BBA Scholar and SMU Distinguished Scholar majoring in finance and biochemistry. This summer, she is participating in the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

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A pioneer and inspiration

Dr. Debakey passed away in the early hours of the morning. He was such an extraordinary man who has pioneered so many complex surgeries and has contributed so much not only to the medical world but also to the lives of his patients, personally saving many and inventing innovative methods to saving more in the future.

As the week progressed, I learned so much about the amazing man and how much he had changed to face of medicine. We DeBakey students did not have a chance to meet him, as was usually the custom. I would have liked to hear what he had to say and ask him a few questions. Instead I plan on attending his memorial service at Methodist later this week as a sign of respect.

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