JEFFERSON COUNTY - From Jefferson County Medical Society - The American Medical Association House of Delegates, meeting in Chicago this month voted to award their highest honor, the AMA Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Mark Kubala, neurosurgeon of Beaumont, Texas.
Dr. Kubala was praised for his work with professional medical organizations and his work with philanthropic organizations.
Dr. Kubala has been a delegate to the Texas Medical Association since 1962, having served on numerous committees and councils and as both the speaker of the House of Delegates, and president in 1995.
He has served on the Board of the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons, and as its president in 1985.
He has served on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has represented Neurosurgery in the American Medical Association House of Delegates since 1994. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been voted in the Best Doctors of America.
He received the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of University of Texas Medical Branch in 1996, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Distinguished Service Award in 1998, the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and the Texas Medical Association Distinguished Service Award in 2006.
Dr. Kubala was one of the founders of the Texas Medical Association Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the TMA, serving as its first and fourth President and continues to serve within the organization. He is especially proud of its "Hard Hats for Little Heads," a program, which has given away 100,000 bicycle helmets to children. He was the first Secretary and founding member for "Think First," Neurosurgeons National Spinal and Injury Prevention Program. He was president of the Texas Head & Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Foundation. He has been chair of the Fund Development for Beaumont Catholic Charities and chairman of Beaumont Diocese Bishops Faith Appeal.
The American Heart Association, Mental Health Association and the Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program have honored Dr. Mark Kubala. The American Medical Association Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the AMA and Southeast Texas is very fortunate to have such a recipient living and practicing within our community. Dr. Mark Kubala will accept his award at the American Medical Association interim meeting in November 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii.