James Henry "Red" Duke

James Henry “Red” Duke

Trauma Surgeon. Developer of Life Flight.
That’s what my life is all about - helping people so they can remain productive.

With a vision to use aviation as a tool to enhance life-saving techniques, famed physician Dr. James “Red” Duke founded a helicopter-based emergency medical transport system in Houston, Texas, in 1976. Hermann Life Flight was the first of its kind in the state, to bring medical services to badly injured patients in remote locations and reduce transport times to the hospital. Many patients owe their lives to the emergency life-saving capabilities and trauma services that Duke developed.


James Henry "Red" Duke

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