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Tim Kuberski, MD, FIDSA

Phoenix - Tim Kuberski, MD, FIDSA, 78, passed away peacefully at Ryan House on August 9, 2019. Tim was born in Rock Island, Illinois to Thomas Anthony Kuberski and Anna Pauline (Fron). Tim graduated from Alleman High School, Rock Island and St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa before receiving his MD degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1969. Tim was an Intern at LAC/USC Medical Center and a First Year Medical Resident at the University of Washington, Seattle. Tim's interest in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases took him and his family to the National Institutes of Health for Allergies and Infectious Diseases Pacific Research Section, Leahi Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii as a Research Assistant where he did research on Dengue Virus while serving in the United States Public Health Service. Tim completed his Infectious Disease Fellowship at UCLA/Sepulveda VA in 1974, returning to the Pacific Research Section until he became Epidemiologist for the South Pacific Commission in Noumea, New Caledonia. In 1979, Tim and his family returned to the United States, Phoenix, Arizona where he began his Infectious Disease Practice as a Consultant in Infectious Diseases. He worked tirelessly to help those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and Valley Fever. He was loved and respected at the hospitals in the Valley where he consulted. In 2007 Dr. Kuberski was awarded the "Clinician of the Year" award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America for his outstanding work as an Infectious Disease clinician. He semi-retired in 2009 and took his semi-retirement time to write a novel "The Trembling Flu". He became Acting Chief of Infectious Diseases at Maricopa Medical Center, where he became "Dr. K", teacher and mentor to medical students and Residents. Tim also served as drug study investigator at the Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS. Tim was active in the Arizona Infectious Disease Society, Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) Study Group, Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Osler Club. Tim also loved horses. The Day at the Races was one of his favorite times to spend with friends and colleagues, win or lose. Tim loved photography and his workshops with Arizona Highways. Tim was intense about medicine and was infamous for his infectious disease neckties.

Tim's family adored him (Papa Tim) and he was devoted to them. Tim was preceded by his father who is keeping a fishing rod and poker chair warm. He is survived by his wife, Janice, his mother, Anna, daughters Angela (Doug) Click and Amy Kemp, his grandchildren (his greatest joys) Austen, Bryan (Kayla), Shea, Bradley, Allison, great-grandson Weston and extended family. He is survived by his sisters, Cecelia and Eulalia. He is survived by his Aunt Irene Carton, nephews, Peter (Donna), Norman, Thomas (Shelley), and nieces Sarah and Jennifer (Ryan) and many, many cousins, cousins-in-law and in-laws in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Florida and the many, many friends he made in his travels. His influence will last forever. He lived a life with purpose.

His family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in his memory to the SW Center for HIV/AIDS (www.swcenter.org) or the Valley Fever Center for Excellence (U of AZ Foundation/VFCE Endowment, PO Box 245018, Tucson, AZ 85724, Account #40-10-4668), online link may be accessed on Hansen Mortuary web site.

Tim's family wishes to thank St Joseph's Hospital/Barrows Neurological, Ryan House, and Hansen Mortuary for their amazing care, support and kindness to "Dr. K" and his family.

Visitation will be at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 North 7th Street, Phoenix Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5-8 and Memorial will be Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 2-6, at the University Club, 39 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 25, 2019.
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January 13, 2021
I am sorry that I did not know that Tim Kuberski MD passed away. I found out today when I googled him to tell him about a book I had written to share with him only to find out he had passed away in 2019He was a colleague and we were friends in the Infectious Disease Society for 20 yers. He was an intelligent caring and outstanding physician and to say he is missed in Phoenix would be a an understatement. He practiced in Phoenix and I practiced in Scottsdale at a time when there weren't a lot of infectious disease physicians in the metropolitan area so we were both so busy running from hospital to hospital that most of our time was spent together at infectious disease meetings. I always enjoyed running tough cases by him and we both practiced in the era of the coming of AIDS and those were difficult and mystifying times in patient care until a treatment for HIV- AIDS came along starting in about 1984 with DDC then finally AZT which gave us a little traction with treatment. He was a smart and thoughtful man and I enjoyed being around him. After my associate, Fred Yerger MD passed away from leukemia, I talked to him about a practice situation with him and his associate but they covered so many hospitals that I felt I would be living in my car and Phoenix traffic was not for me. I wish I could have said goodbye to him and how much I respected him as a wonderful caring physician. Tim , if you can read this message , you passed this life on earth carrying the respect and adulation from those around you to a better place and I hope you are watching a horse race and win the daily double. Yours with respect and admiration. W. Lee Fanning MD FACP
Walter Fanning
September 11, 2019
Sincere condolences! Such a nice, intelligent man.
Kathy Egan
September 9, 2019
My sincere sympathy on Tim's passing. He was a great caring doctor and human being. We will never forget his help to my sister and me with his uncle's, my stepfather's estate. In his memory I will donate to the HIV/Aids foundation. Rest in Peace, Tim
Tom Anderson
August 31, 2019
I send my deepest sympathy to the Kuberski Family. God Bless you all.
Jan Schulz
August 30, 2019
Dr Tim and I went to high school together. After high school we went off to Saint Ambrose College. I picked him up every morning for college in my 1953 Plymouth. That went on for a number of years until I decided college was not for me. We remained close friends and I was best man in his wedding to Jan. Over the years I would contact him when in Phoenix and we would have dinner. Although I have not seen him for a number of years, I still considered he and Jan to be my good close friends, Good friends are one of the most important things in life. I will miss you Tim and you will be in my prayers .
Jim Stulir
August 26, 2019
Dr. Tim saved my life 25 years ago and I truly believe he was the best of the best. When one wakes up while getting last rites and then a Dr. tells you that he has a plan and it works,You are a believer in the man. God Speed Dr. Tim,I'm 74 and still running my ranch because of you and your knowledge. Thank You for my life. You desrve a place in the Hall of Fame of Doctors.
Doug Rapp
New River,AZ
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