Beaumont neurosurgeon receives AMA honor

Dr. Kubala

The American Medical Association presented its 2012 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Mark Kubala on Nov. 11 at its semi-annual policy-making meeting in Chicago.

Kubala was praised for his work with professional medical organizations and his work with philanthropic organizations.

“It is an honor to present Dr. Kubala with this award for outstanding commitment to his community and the practice of medicine,” said AMA Board Chair Steven J. Stack, M.D. “His long-standing commitment to the practice of medicine and to patients is an inspiration to his fellow physicians.”

A neurosurgeon at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Kubala has previously served as the chairman of the neurosurgery section and chief of surgery. He has also been the president of the St. Elizabeth medical staff and chairman of the governing board of St. Elizabeth Hospital. Kubala has been a practicing physician for more than 50 years and has been involved in numerous medical societies.

Kubala has received numerous awards during his career including the Julie Roger’s Distinguished Service Award from the Beaumont Health Association and was recently recognized with the “Gift of Life’s” Julie Rogers “Spirit of Love” Award, an award given out twice a year to recognize persons who have “exemplified unparalleled dedication, commitment, and spirit in the fight against cancer.”

“Dr. Kubala has blessed so many organizations in Southeast Texas with his commitment, compassion and love,” said Regina Rogers, chair of the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program. “I know no one more deserving (of this award). He brings honor to Southeast Texas through his many accomplishments and this most recent (AMA) recognition.”

Kubala earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston. His residency years were spent at Baylor University College of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic. Following his residency, he served in the U.S. Air Force in the department of neurosurgery at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The AMA Distinguished Service Award was established in 1938 and is presented for “meritorious service in the science and art of medicine,” AMA’s Web site says. It consists of a suitable medal and a citation selected and approved by the Board of Trustees.