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James H. "Red" Duke, Jr. M.D.

Professor of Surgery, John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery

Department of Surgery

Location
The University of Texas – Trauma, General Surgery and Orthopaedic Clinic

Located in the University Professional Building, 6414 Fannin Street, Suite # G150, Houston, Texas  77030,  (832) 325.7125

Phone
Phone 713.500.7237
Fax 713.486.0971
James.H.Duke@uth.tmc.edu

Administrative Coordinator
Evangelina Rangel
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James H. “Red” Duke, Jr.

At UTHealth since 1972, James H. “Red” Duke, Jr. is the elder statesman of the Department of Surgery and a larger-than-life Texas character known to millions for his nationally syndicated television spots called “Texas Health Reports.”  He is also known for introducing Memorial Hermann’s Life Flight program and bringing a Level 1 Trauma Unit to Houston. “I don’t consider myself famous,” he says. “I’m just overexposed.”

After graduating from Texas A&M University (where he was Yell Leader), Duke was a commissioned Army officer during the Korean War. Upon his return to the United States, he says he was compelled to go to seminary in Fort Worth. “I liked school but I couldn’t stand preaching,” he says. Fate intervened when a tornado came through and tore down the church where he was supposed to practice preaching. “I figured that was a sign from God that I needed to do something else.”

Duke was on call at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after President John F. Kennedy was shot, and attended to the wounds of Texas Gov. John Connally, who was shot at the same time.

In his very limited free time, Duke is a longtime painter and an ardent conservationist. He is the founder and past president of the Texas Bighorn Society, which has restored that sheep population in West Texas.

His motto? “I learned this in the National Guard: Stay in the high grass and don’t raise your head in the same place twice.”

 


Education
Undergrad

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.S. 1946- 1950

Undergrad

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
B.D. 1951- 1955

Graduate

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
M.D. 1956-1960

Internship

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
Medicine 1960-1961

Residency

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
General Surgery 1961-1965

Fellowship

Columbia University, New York, New York
NIH Division General Medical Sciences 1967-1969

Graduate

Columbia University, New York, New York
Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Computer Science 1967-1969