Ted Tsung-Che Huang, M.D.
1937 - 2016
Dr. Ted Tsung-Che Huang, age 79, an innovative plastic surgeon who brought hope and help to severely burned children, died August 26, 2016.
Huang had just returned from a 19-day medical mission in Taiwan where he conducted complex surgeries, checked on patients and trained other surgeons in reconstructive techniques.
"Ted Huang was one of the great plastic surgeons of this century in the area of burns," said David N. Herndon, chief of staff and director of research at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. "He did at least 900 burn reconstruction surgeries each year on the most devastated and deprived children, bringing light and hope into their lives."
Huang contributed to other specialties such as cosmetic, reconstruction and gender reassignment, and established the Gender Dysphoria Treatment Committee on Galveston. "It was his life's work to take care of and improve the lives of others," Herndon said. Huang authored and co-authored 63 medical manuscripts, 19 textbook chapters and innumerable poster and abstract presentations.
Huang was born Oct. 8, 1937, in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The family later immigrated to Japan where he finished high school. He left Asia in 1958 to study chemistry at the University of Houston. In 1961, he began medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston would become his lifelong home. Training under Truman Blocker, chief of the plastic surgery division, he became chief resident in general surgery and completed a residency in plastic surgery, before joining the university’s faculty.
He was an elected member of the following scientific societies: American Medical Association; Texas Medical Association; Galveston County Medical Society; American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons; American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; American Burn Association; International Society of Burn Injuries; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Association of Republic of China; Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons; Japan Society of Burn Injuries; and served as President of the Texas Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeries and president of The Blocker-Lewis Society.
Huang married Rebeca Magpayo, a registered nurse, in 1965. The couple had three children, Tanya, Keith and Craig. His first wife, Rebeca, preceded him in death in 1994. Survivors include: wife Johanna Tsai Huang of Galveston; daughter and son-in-law Tanya Huang and Daniel Jasica and their children Adelaide, Evan and Jonathan of Lake Forest, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law Craig and Leigh Huang and their sons Owen and Theodore of Southlake, Texas; and Keith Huang of Houston; sister Meitai Huang of Clear Lake, and brother Asei Huang of Yokohama, Japan.
Linda Phillips, M.D.