A group of 100 gathered Friday, September 14, 2007 at the Gourley Clinical Teaching Center to remember Philip D. Koblik and ensure that his many contributions to the school and veterinary education are not forgotten.
The Philip D. Koblik Veterinary Radiology Training and Conference Room honors Dr. Koblik for outstanding leadership in the veterinary radiological sciences at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, his dedication to student and resident teaching, and his excellent clinical service.
A professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences who died in 2000, Dr. Koblik introduced magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and other modern imaging tools to the clinical setting in the 1980s. Dean Bennie Osburn explained that during Dr. Koblik’s 15 years as a faculty member, "He was pivotal in bringing new technologies to the school" and was a "gifted leader."
Several family members attended the room dedication, including Dr. Koblik’s spouse and children. Mrs. Kathy Koblik expressed her thanks at the support from the Kobliks’ "university family," the colleagues, former residents and veterinary students. She described a travel experience to Greece in which she reached out to touch the sides of an ancient tunnel visited by many previous visitors. She felt a connection with others whose hands touched the rock used to build the tunnel and how, over many years had ultimately polished the rock smooth. She stated, "Because of this room, people who know him and don’t know him will get that sense of connection with other lives." Mrs. Koblik described her late husband’s love for his work and the meaning he gained from performing research at the same time as teaching students and seeing patients.
Drs. Timothy O’Brien and Bill Hornof told anecdotes about Dr. Koblik, outlined several of his contributions to the radiology curriculum, and thanked the many individuals who donated gifts in memory of Dr. Koblik. A reception and visits to the Koblik Training and Conference Room followed the formal program. The room will be used throughout the school year to teach veterinary students in their first courses in radiology. Using cases from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, students learn imaging techniques and how to interpret and compare various images.