In memoriam: Duck-Hee Kang, PhD, RN, FAAN (1947-2016)

(Sept. 22, 2016) – Duck-Hee Kang, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, unexpectedly died on September 20th after a brief illness. Kang, the Lee and J.D. Jamail Distinguished Professor and director of the UTHealth School of Nursing’s Biosciences Laboratory, was a much-beloved and highly productive faculty member.

memorial service has been set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Garden Oaks Funeral Home, 13430 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston.

Kang, 69, also was an adjunct professor in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Honored for her outstanding research mentorship of junior faculty, Kang was among the “20 Outstanding Nurses of 2014” selected by the Texas Nurses Association District 9 Foundation.  Specializing in psycho-neuroimmunology, Kang directed her research at examining how a variety of psychosocial and behavioral factors influence physiological responses to ultimately change health outcomes.

“Dr. Kang published widely in both nursing and non-nursing journals, but she always found time to impart guidance, encouragement and high professional standards to students and others whom she mentored,” said Dean Lorraine Frazier. “Our dear colleague and friend will be deeply missed.”

As recently as August, Kang co-authored a new article on circadian rhythms in the journal Chronobiology International.

Kang earned her Ph.D. in the joint major of Physiological Psychology and Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined the UTHealth faculty in 2009.