2019 Top Doctor: Kelly Luba

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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Family Medicine

Med School/Year Graduated: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2001

Years in Practice: 15

While you’re a general practitioner of family medicine, you have a special interest in dermatology. What sparked this?

I do enjoy evaluating skin conditions. You know, I’ve always been intrigued by seeing a rash and then trying to solve the mystery of the cause.

What are the most common issues your patients have?

The most common issues I see are hypertension, diabetes, depression, asthma, migraines, low back pain and a whole host of other musculoskeletal and various dermatologic conditions.

What do you find most rewarding about family medicine?

Earning my patients’ trust, forming relationships with patients [who] have longevity and allow for laughter and tears, and truly caring for entire families [and] often generations.

Some physicians prefer the term “family medicine,” others “family practice.” Is there any functional difference?

There is no difference, but I think the term shifted to “family medicine” in order to promote, and not undermine, just how bright family physicians have to be in order to succeed in our field. The scope of family medicine is vast and we step up to many challenges. I think the term “practice” has the negative tone of “winging it.”

You’re a Jersey girl! Are any of the stereotypes true?

Bruce Springsteen fan? Yes. Big hair? Yes, if we count my high school yearbook photo. Accent?  Definitely not! Fast talker? Yes. Tough? Yes.

You rowed crew at Rutgers and now run marathons. How do you find the time for athletics with your busy schedule, and how do you deal with the heat in the summer?

I make time for what’s important to me. I only exercise in the early morning, which avoids getting in the way of a busy schedule and the heat.

Your practice bio mentions you’re in a book club. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

I read Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig about two months ago; it was a great read. But one of my recent favorites is Calypso by David Sedaris. Hilarious.

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

We just finished the second season of Ozark. Pretty intense.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

I’ve always said [I’d be] an art teacher.

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