Dr. S. Huang, health center director

October 22, 1994|By Dewitt Bliss | Dewitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Dr. Shi-Shung Huang, who was medical director of an East Baltimore health center for 27 years, died Oct. 14 of cancer at his home in Towson. He was 60.

Dr. Huang had been medical director of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Community and Family Health Center at 1017 E. Baltimore St., where he had supervised care for an estimated 55,000 low-income patients. He retired in 1993.

"He was really the heart and soul of that place and lent to GBMC credibility in its commitment to the under-served," said Dr. Stephen Amato, chairman of pediatrics at GBMC.

"He was truly devoted to his patients; that was his mission. He not only cared for them medically but encouraged kids in academic pursuits and families to improve their lot," Dr. Amato said. "Pediatricians talk about not just curing the patients but making them happy, successful citizens. He sure did that."

Bradley Thomas, a former patient and now a pharmacist, said of Dr. Huang: "He was our family doctor, the only family doctor we ever had. So much of what I remember from my childhood is Dr. Huang."

He attributed his success to Dr. Huang and said he tries to emulate him in his work as a pharmacist. "I talk, but most of all I listen," he said.

Kevin Adams, another former patient and now a bank loan officer, spoke of Dr. Huang's inspiration and advice and said he was reluctant to give him up as his personal physician. "I think I was his oldest pediatric patient," he said.

A native of Taiwan, Dr. Huang was a 1961 graduate of the National Taiwan University Medical School.

He served internships and residencies in Taiwan and Chicago and came to Baltimore in 1963.

He had completed pediatric residencies at Union Memorial and the Johns Hopkins hospitals and was a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology at Hopkins when he joined the staff of the new health center.

The center, he had said, tries to replace the "episodic and crisis-oriented" primary care, much of it in hospital emergency rooms, with care by the same doctor at each visit.

In addition to his work at the clinic, he was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Hopkins and University of Maryland medical schools and a member of the medical board at GBMC.

He published many research papers in pediatrics and especially on lactose intolerance among various racial and ethnic groups. He was a member of a Hopkins research team whose work on lactose intolerance led to the development of lactose-reduced milk products.

He had been president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Taiwanese American Association, vice president of the local Chinese Professional Club, a member of the local board of the Organization of Chinese Americans and president of the National Taiwan University Medical School Alumni Association in the United States and Canada.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. today at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5824 York Road, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Shih; two sons, Peter Huang of Baltimore and Dr. Mark Huang of Chicago; a brother and four sisters in Taiwan.

Memorial donations may be made to a fund in his name for the benefit of the clinic through the GBMC Foundation.

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