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Dr. James "Red" Duke - 2010

Conservationist & Doctor.

Duke was a world-renowned trauma surgeon known as much for his Texas twang and big red mustache as his medical skills. He was a surgeon and professor at University of Texas Health Science Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital.


Dr. James "Red" Duke's signature accomplishment in Houston was his role in putting Life Flight helicopters into the skies.


His signature accomplishment in Houston was his role in putting Life Flight helicopters into the skies — dramatically dropping the time it took to transfer traumatically injured patients to hospitals. And his reach spanned beyond Houston and Texas: People across the nation knew him best for his nationally syndicated “Dr. Red Health Reports” that aired for 15 years.

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