Dr. Red Duke

Not only is Dr. Duke a trauma surgeon and an avid sportsman and conservationist, he also is one of the most recognized television personalities in his field, as determined by the Gallup Organization, Inc. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated "Texas Health Reports" and hosted the former PBS series, "Bodywatch". Dr. Duke has been featured on such programs as PM Magazine, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and the "Buck James" television series.


Topics

Healthcare, Humor, Stress, Wellness


Full Bio


James (Red) Henry Duke, Jr. was born in Ennis, Texas on Nov. 16, 1928. In his early years, the family moved to Hillsboro, where the enterprising young "Red" picked cotton, dug ditches and became the lone agent for the Saturday Evening Post and the Dallas Morning News, yet still found time to become a Boy Scout, advancing to Eagle Scout.

"Red" graduated from Hillsboro High School and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1950. After a two-year tour of duty as a tank officer in the 2nd Armored Division of the U.S. Army, he went on to earn a divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1955. However, "Red's" lifelong desire to become a doctor prevailed and he enrolled in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, from which he received his M.D. in 1960. Dr. Duke completed his internship in internal medicine and his residency in general surgery at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1965. Dr. Duke's academic career began in 1966 as an assistant professor of surgery at UT Southwestern Medical School and later at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He also took some time to pursue graduate studies in chemical engineering, biochemistry and computer sciences at Columbia University under the auspices of an NIH Special Fellowship. While Dr. Duke was an assistant professor of surgery in New York, he had the opportunity to move his family and career to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, as a visiting professor, and later chairman of surgery at Nangarhar University School of Medicine from 1970-1972.

After returning from Afghanistan, Dr. Duke joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he is a professor of surgery. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Duke has served as special assistant to the president of the UT Health Science Center and holds one of the distinguished professorships at the UT Medical School as the John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences. He established Houston's Hermann Hospital Life Flight operations in 1976 and remains the medical director of its trauma and emergency services. Dr. Duke is a founding member of the American Trauma Society and is an advanced trauma life support instructor for the American College of Surgeons. He was named "Surgeon of the Year' by the James F. Mitchell Foundation in 1988. Dr. Duke's extraordinary efforts to educate the public in health issues and tireless work as a crusader against trauma brought him into serious consideration for the position of Surgeon General of the United States in 1989.

As founder and past president of the Texas Bighorn Society, Dr. Duke is a major supporter of many wildlife conservation groups. He has been the president of the Boone & Crockett Club, the oldest conservation organization in the United States, and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep.

Not only is Dr. Duke a trauma surgeon and an avid sportsman and conservationist, he also is one of the most recognized television personalities in his field, as determined by the Gallup Organization, Inc. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated "Texas Health Reports" and hosted the former PBS series, "Bodywatch". Dr. Duke has been featured on such programs as PM Magazine, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and the "Buck James" television series.


Programs:

PRESCRIPTION FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT

Dr. Duke's prescription for managing life's difficulties is an informative and humorous talk on stress in our everyday lives, how it affects us and how to deal with it. This is one subject everyone can relate to, and Dr. Duke's light-hearted view of the subject will leave listeners with lots of sensible advice on coping with any situation. He explains how he handles demanding responsibilities and hectic schedules, and will also share with you some of those priceless moments recorded on tape when stress managed to get the best of him, if only for an instant!

TRAUMA: THE UNRECOGNIZED EPIDEMIC

This informative talk describes the devastating effects of traumatic injury on our nation and its future. Dr. Duke will heighten your awareness of trauma, and remind you that denial is not the way to cope with this epidemic. He outlines the steps each of us can take to prevent trauma or lessen its impact through education, legislation and individual commitment to action. Dr. Duke will discuss the need for a system of regionalized trauma care to ensure timely transport of injury victims to appropriate healthcare facilities. The economic factors of trauma and indigent health care are also explained in this slide presentation.

MEDICAL MEDIA

With over a decade of experience in televised healthcasts, Dr. Duke advises medical professionals about using the media to effectively communicate health issues. His down-to-earth style of explaining complex medical processes and his unique way of presenting health care topics to the public have made him one of the most recognized and beloved doctors in the U.S. Dr. Duke will help clarify for physicians and educators some of the possibilities of using the media to inform a broad audience, as well as giving tips on avoiding the pitfalls of generalized medical information. Dr. Duke reminds us that good communication skills are vital to every doctor-patient encounter.

MODERN SURGERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Dr. Duke shares some of the joys, trials and tribulations of practicing surgery in a Third World country where modern medical procedures clash with the almost medieval surroundings and ancient cultures. This presentation of slides taken by Dr. Duke dramatizes the condition of life in the developing nation of Afghanistan, a place where misery and beauty exist side-by-side among a people who are kind and hospitable in spite of a long history of violent conflict and suffering.

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