Author Biographical Info

Dr. James "Red" Duke, Jr. was a renowned American trauma surgeon and a well-known figure in the field of emergency medicine. Dr. Duke gained national recognition for his work as an advocate for injury prevention and for his role in pioneering the concept of bringing emergency room care to the site of an accident, known as the Life Flight program. He played a significant role in establishing the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and also served as head of the Division of Trauma Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Beyond his medical contributions, Dr. "Red" Duke was recognized for his television show, "Dr. Red Duke's Health Reports", which aired on KPRC-TV in Houston. He was known for his engaging and accessible approach to health education and awareness, making complex medical information understandable to the general public. Dr. Duke passed away on August 25, 2015, leaving behind a legacy of medical innovation and a commitment to improving emergency medical care. His contributions to the field of trauma surgery and public health continue to be remembered and appreciated in the medical community.


MS 250

Publication Date(s)

September 27, 2023




Emergency medical services, Broadcasting, Hermann Eye Center, KPRC-TV (Television station : Houston, Tex.), Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Alumni Association, National Forest Foundation (U.S.), Texas parks & wildlife, Boone and Crockett Club, Harris County Medical Society (TX), American Trauma Society, Memorial Hermann Life Flight, Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services Project, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Hermann Hospital (Houston, TX)


The collection primarily consists of video recordings, television scripts, and interview transcripts of Dr. Duke’s popular nationally and internationally syndicated television programs, “Dr. Red Duke’s Health Reports”, “Body Watch”, and “Life is Difficult” from 1987-1998. These materials illustrate his valuable contributions as a television host, engaging and educating both the public and the medical community through live medical consultations, surgical procedures, and international teleconferences. See more at MS 250.


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