Philip J. Huber, Jr., M.D. was raised near Detroit in Royal Oak, Michigan, a city he wittingly points out is also known as the home of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Dr. Huber graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1963, and as the son of a neurosurgeon, he looked forward to college and medical school.
Huber majored in history with classmate George W. Bush at Yale University and graduated medical school at Columbia in 1972. He arrived in Dallas as an intern at Parkland Hospital during the Vietnam War and a time of political unrest. He chose Parkland because there was less focus on social activism in Dallas, making it a better fit for him to focus on learning and working. While at Parkland, Huber met Lynne on “Parkland 2 East,” as he fondly remembers, and they have been married for 32 years.
While Huber greatly enjoys his private practice, he speaks warmly of his years teaching at UT Southwestern Medical School. He began teaching as an assistant professor in 1980, working his way to Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1998. He was awarded the first Ernest Poulos Surgery Chair in 2002. Huber is especially proud of his Louis A. Buie Visiting Lecture appointment at the Mayo Clinic in 2001. He considers this recognition a great honor, and is frequently reminded of his instruction as a visiting professor when running into old students.
Huber has received numerous awards and honors, but the most meaningful recognitions are those awarded as a result of his teaching. Education is important to him, as he always thought he would one day become a teacher. During his tenure at UT Southwestern, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award on ten different occasions.
He is extremely pleased with Medical City Hospital with its great staff and interesting, intelligent colleagues. He began his private practice in January 2005 and currently practices with Dr. Walton Taylor. Huber is often referred for the more complex colorectal surgeries, and these tertiary referrals keep him challenged and continually learning.
Huber has been fortunate to have many mentors, but three stand out the most in his career. Dr. Robert J. Rowe, a brilliant cantankerous surgeon, trained Huber in colorectal surgery, and Dr. Al Kissack was Huber’s chief in Germany, and guided his career choice in teaching. Huber also has fond memories of Dr. William J. Fry who greatly influenced him in teaching and technical surgical skills.
Huber’s vision for DCMS in 2009 is to demonstrate relevance and meaning to members in 2009, such as by implementing the HIE 5 and highlighting the technical edge in patient care. He realizes that members rely on DCMS for information and direction, and will focus more on meetings and social networking opportunities to provide more opportunities for physicians to interact. He will encourage members to have their voices heard with elected officials by joining HealthPAC and attending First Tuesdays at the Capitol.