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Alumni Interview

Dexter Hake, M.D.

(49BA, 53MD)

What is your hometown?

I was born in Iowa City, but I consider my hometown to be Los Altos Hills, Ca.

What interested you to pursue a career in medicine and medical education?

My father was a dentist and would have preferred medicine. Also, I served as a medic in the United States Navy; a member of the Hospital Corpsman. I enlisted at age 17 after just one year at the University of Iowa.

Please highlight your major career achievements, awards, discoveries, etc.

My career was in private practice, first in Knoxville, Iowa for 8 years. Then I did a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford. My practice was at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California where I also served as the Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Chief of Medical Staff. I also held various offices within the Santa Clara County Medical Society and on clinical faculty at Stanford.

How or why did you choose the University of Iowa for your education and medical training?

I attended the University of Iowa because both of my parents graduated from there. I was also born in Iowa City.

What kind of professional opportunities or advantages has your University of Iowa medical training provided?

The advantages of an Iowa medical training are good, solid education.

Please describe your professional interests.

I remain interested in medicine and work as a volunteer physician in a free clinic. I also attend medical rounds at Stanford.

What are some of your outside interests?

My outside interests include traveling, playing tennis and enjoying nature; I am a docent at Stanford’s Biology reserve. I also enjoy art and music.

Do you have an insight or philosophy that guides you in your professional work?

Try hard to be honest, and do not waste time with anger.

If you could change one thing about the practice or business of medicine, what would it be?

I think we need a single payer system in this country.

What is the biggest change you've experienced in medicine since you were a student?

The biggest change has been the growth of the hospital and insurance industries.

What one piece of advice would you give to today's medical students?

Appreciate what you can do for your patients.

What do you see as "the future" of the medicine?

I see more amazing new technical advances both in diagnosis and treatment.


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