The Dr. Robert Salem Museum has been unveiled - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/10

The Dr. Robert Salem Museum has been unveiled

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It was an event that took more than 2 years of planning but Monday night, the Robert Salem historical collection was unveiled at covenant hospital.

Judging by the tears in his eyes, this was beyond Dr. Salem's greatest expectations. This medical museum includes an electronic display with more than 400 images in a timeline, 350 books scanned and dozens of gifts from Dr. Salem's patients. Like NFL player Bobby Lane, who gave him a bronzed eagle.

Medical students can browse through all the distinguished lectureships recorded there and historians can look back at some great medical achievements on the south plains starting with the Lubbock sanatorium built in 1929.

"I hope the community will look upon this as part of their own history and take pride and interest in learning more about the history of medicine in Lubbock and about how Methodist hospital and covenant have played a major role in health care in this community," says Dr. Salem.

From Dr. Salem's trademark glasses to his surgical books that are over 100 years old to electronic frames that display hundreds of pictures from the past this is an incredible look back at medicine on the south plains.

Salem is from Sudan and grew up to do more than 30 thousand surgeries in Lubbock, training under famed heart surgeon's Dr. Michael Debakey and Dr. Denton Cooley. Dr. Robert Salem has been practicing in Lubbock 48 years and says he has no plans to retire. 

Look for the Dr. Robert Salem historical collection in the lobby of covenant, near the valet parking.

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