Boutwell to host presentation, book signing for Duke biography

By Jonathan Garris, Office of Communications

Bryant Boutwell, DrPH, former John P. McGovern, MD Professor of Oslerian Medicine, will share insights into his latest book, “I’m Dr. Red Duke,” which chronicles the history of James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., MD., at a special presentation and book signing event Dec. 11.

The event, “A Conversation with Bryant Boutwell, DrPH,” will begin at 3 p.m. in MSB 3.001 and will conclude with a book signing at 4 p.m. Boutwell spent more than three years researching Duke’s life, interviewing the iconic trauma surgeon himself during the last year of his life, Duke’s family and colleagues, and through historic letters and archives.

In an interview with Boutwell when the book was first released, he said he was surprised at Duke’s childhood, which was marked by a difficult relationships with his father, working hard to deal with anger, and following his dream of being a doctor despite his parents’ wishes for him to become a preacher.

“Half of the book royalties will go directly to UTHealth and Red’s scholarship fund at McGovern Medical School,” Boutwell said. “Likewise, book royalties and gifts continue to grow the medical school’s Boutwell/McGovern endowed scholarship fund, which now exceeds $600,000 and has been helping medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds since 2002.”

Copies of I’m Dr. Red Duke will be available for purchase at the event for $30 via the McGovern Medical School bookstore. The event is free and open to the public.