Although answers may vary, the best heart surgeon in the world may have been Dr. Michael DeBakey, as claimed by Time magazine and Freibergs. Dr. DeBakey is the father of open-heart surgery as he invented the roller pump, which takes over the functions of the heart and the lungs during the entire surgery. His groundbreaking researches and cutting-edge medical device inventions allowed him to make a name for himself in the industry.
DeBakey passed away at 99 from natural causes. During his life, he published more than 1,000 medical reports, research papers and books related to heart surgery and cardiovascular medicine.