Dr. Ryan Huebinger: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award

By Remekca Owens

Dr. Ryan Huebinger has always been sure of two things – his love for science and his love for people. 

Dr. Ryan Huebinger
Dr. Ryan Huebinger

So after earning a biomedical science degree from Texas A&M University in 2009, he knew that a career in medicine was inevitable. Once enrolled at UT Southwestern Medical School, he quickly discovered that the diversity, fast pace, and immediate impact of emergency medicine were the perfect fit. 

“I love the idea of having patient interactions with so many different types of people each day,” Dr. Huebinger said. “But what I look forward to most is helping people get through what is quite possibly the worst day of their lives. I get to be the first person to say, ‘I’m going to help you.’ ” 

In a testament to this passion, Dr. Huebinger was awarded the 2013 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award, given annually to a senior medical student who exhibits excellence in emergency medicine. During his time at UT Southwestern, he combined his dedication with hard work. 

“Dr. Huebinger impressed many UT Southwestern faculty members with his enthusiastic pursuit of academic emergency medicine and his intellectual curiosity to master clinical skills such as point-of-care ultrasound. We anticipate that he will have a long and productive career as a faculty member of an innovative, research-oriented university program,” said Dr. Jeffrey Van Dermark, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine. 

The 26-year-old McAllen, Texas, native has accepted a residency in emergency medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. He looks forward to training in the prestigious trauma units, and to life outside of Texas. 

“My family is a little disappointed that I’m leaving – I’ve never lived outside of the state before – but I know they’re very happy for me. Even though I think it’s definitely time to spread my wings and grow, I can see myself coming back to the South one day,” Dr. Huebinger said.

While he once entertained playing and composing music as a possible career path – classical music is his favorite genre, and he is a trained cellist – they are now his favorite ways to maintain a work-life balance. He is also an avid runner and most recently completed the 2013 Rock ’n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon.  

Dr. Huebinger’s research interests include emergency medicine administration and systems-based research. In 2010, he assisted Dr. Raymond Fowler, Professor of Surgery in Emergency Medicine, in creating an automated syndromic surveillance program for the Dallas County EMS system capable of monitoring influenza and bioterrorism activity, as well as gathering data for future EMS-related research.