EMS Partners

6 questions with Dr. Kent Harkey

Dr. Kent Harkey is Assistant Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at UTMB’s League City Campus.

1. Why did you choose emergency medicine?

In high school and college, I was an EMT-Basic and firefighter after spending time with my brother-in-law who was a firefighter and EMT. I joined the local volunteer fire department, and it sparked a passion in medicine and acute care. I always hated dropping patients off and not knowing what happened or how to fix them, so I decided to go to medical school to be on the other side of the transaction. 

2. How do you get through a tough shift?

Usually with perseverance and gallows humor. Laughter with coworkers who are in the same situation as you has been a key factor in getting through tough times. 

3. What do you do to relax when you are not at work?

I spend time with my wife, two young sons and my dog. I enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons and making new friends both locally and internationally through that hobby. I like to spend time at the many breweries that Houston and the surrounding area have to offer. 

4. Tell us about a recent EMS-related situation that was a success.

The freeze (in February 2021) was a big test of EMS in the area, and I think it showed the true strength and resolve of the local EMS agencies. Amy Weber of the Galveston Area Ambulance Authority showed great leadership and dedication to the community and her staff. She worked hand-in-hand with the local hospitals to arrange transport and care for all the urgent and emergent patients, especially the people who were dependent on home oxygen or dialysis. 

5. What is your favorite recipe?

I love a good scramble. My current favorite is egg whites, chopped onions and green peppers, with some light pepper and salt, and some Siracha sauce on top. 

6. What’s something you want people to know about you?

I will teach anyone, anywhere, anytime, and I love to learn new things. You never stop being a student, no matter your degree or how many years you have worked. When you think you know everything, it’s time to retire.