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Karl F. Hubner

Dr. Karl Hübner

Dr. Karl Hübner, assistant chairman, Medical and Health Sciences Division

A native of Germany, Dr. Karl F. Hübner earned his medical degree at the University of Heidelberg in 1959 and interned at the U.S. Army, 2nd General Hospital, and the U.S. Air Force, 86th Tactical Hospital, in Germany during 1960. In 1962 he came to the United States and began a Research Fellowship in Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Medical Division.

Hübner’s career quickly developed at ORAU, and he served as chief clinician, senior research scientist, and director of both Nuclear Medicine and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center and Training Site (REAC/TS) over an 18-year period. In 1982 he was named assistant chairman of the Medical and Health Sciences Division with responsibility for the Radiation Medicine Branch assuming overall responsibility for nuclear medicine, REAC/TS, cytogenetics, and the epidemiology programs.

A renowned scientist and physician, Hübner is the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications in cancer research, nuclear medicine, radiation medicine, and cytogenetics and has presented scientific papers as an invited speaker at national and international conferences. He was instrumental in securing the Emission Computerized Axial Tomograph (ECAT) scanner—one of only three in the world at the time—for use in clinical research at ORAU. The findings from this research in positron emission tomography and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging were presented in scientific publications, conferences, and medical schools to faculty and students.

Following his tenure at ORAU, Hübner served as a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Tennessee Memorial Research Center and Hospital, as a consultant for REAC/TS, and as a member of the Oak Ridge Site-Wide Institutional Review Board. He held professional memberships in the American Medical Association, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the American Occupational Medical Association, and other professional societies and served as a peer reviewer of research articles for several scientific publications.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Hübner, his wife, Sybil, and two sons resided in the Oak Ridge commmunity during his time with ORAU. He and his wife currently reside in Knoxville.