“I got to play with kids and help people all day. It was a very fulfilling 42 years in practice and if I had to do it all over again, I’d still choose being an ENT physician.”
— Glenn R. Kubina
Dr. Kubina has always been an avid learner who enjoys solving problems. So, a career in the field of ENT (otolaryngology) was a natural fit for him and has served him well throughout the years.
He learned that, when it comes to ENT conditions, what is even more important than quickly finding a solution is engaging with patients.
“The most important part of being a physician,” said Dr. Kubina, “is talking with and truly listening to your patients.”
Dr. Kubina explained that patients can be nervous when meeting with a physician for a consultation. They may seem like they have a million questions, but in the end, they really only have one question: Am I going to be OK?
“Talking with them and letting them know you care will put them at ease so they can get their concerns off their chest.”
Throughout his 42 years in practice, Dr. Kubina was able to continuously quench his thirst for knowledge by keeping up with the latest ENT techniques and technologies. He then was able to help share his experience by training residents as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Now, in retirement, Dr. Kubina is enjoying tapping into his creative side through art and music.
“There’s a time for everything and now it’s time for this different stage of my life,” said Dr. Kubina. “But I won’t be idle. I enjoy staying active and leading a busy life.”
Busy is an understatement. In addition to his routine swimming and lifting time at the gym, Dr. Kubina has already taken up golf, began learning music theory and the piano, and even started sketching.
He and his wife also plan on taking tap dance lessons and are looking forward to traveling more soon (after the pandemic). They have five children and 12 grandchildren who keep them active with various activities including soccer games, fishing, and crafting.
While he has already found many ways to occupy his days, he does miss seeing his patients, and the camaraderie of his staff and fellow physicians.
“It’s the interpersonal relationships that you make with your patients, and your colleagues and employees who become your friends,” he reflected.
The decision to retire was made easier for Dr. Kubina, knowing that the patients of Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat Associates continue to be in good hands. He added that Wichita is very fortunate to have the physicians, staff, and access to such great ENT care.
“They are a treasure for the community,” he said. “It’s a bittersweet thing to leave. It’s been a wonderful 42 years and I’m going to miss them all, but I’m going to have a good time!”
Dr. Kubina earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 1973. He completed his residency at Ohio State University College of Medicine (formerly Barnes Hospital) in Missouri. Dr. Kubina also served as a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.