About Dr. Kubat
Dr. Kubat joined Lincoln Surgical Associates in September 2020 as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He works at Memorial Hospital Belleville, Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon.
Dr. Kubat has a strong interest in breast surgery, including reconstruction, augmentation, reduction, and lifts. He also offers a broad range of plastic and reconstructive services like body contouring, abdominoplasty, liposuction, Botox, and blepharoplasty/brow lifts.
Prior to joining Lincoln Surgical, Dr. Kubat was an attending physician with St. Luke's Plastic Surgery Associates in Duluth, Minnesota. He has more than a decade of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In His Own Words
Talk about your background.
I grew up in Southern Minnesota in a small town. Both my parents grew up on farms so I liked the small town feel. From there, I went to school in Northern Minnesota, Kansas City for medical school, graduate school in Texas, and then in New York City and Philadelphia for training. We have family in St. Louis. My wife is from St. Louis, so it's a pleasure and honor to be back. We're really looking forward to getting back into the community.
Why did you go into medicine?
There was a one program in our school, our high school, called Medical Explorers. They actually took about 10 or 12 individuals to The Mayo Clinic to see what was going on and the cutting edge. Then, they took us to our home clinic in Austin, Minnesota, to see what was going on there. It was very interesting to see all the different aspects of medicine from surgery to inpatient care to the importance of a team atmosphere with nursing and staff members. That translated into an opportunity to be an orderly in the emergency room when I was in high school. That really kind of solidified for me the love of medicine. The love of helping people out, and from there, now I'm here.
What made you want to practice plastic surgery?
I like the creative atmosphere and lots of different aspects of plastic surgery that you could do.
What do you enjoy about working with your patients?
It's really taking all of the experience, knowledge, and training and being able to help somebody. That's really what it comes down to...taking that knowledge and being able to explain them in a way that they understand. Lots of different people learn from different ways. Some are visual learners. Some need to have a longer talk or explanation, but using your knowledge and experiences to help them in the way that fits them the most. Usually patients that are undergoing surgery or have cancer, it's extremely stressful for them and just using that time to help them out.
How do you want first-time patients to feel going into their appointment?
I want them to feel welcomed. I want them to understand that it's a team approach for their care. Not only is it the care that will be provided by myself, but the nursing and front staff. I want them to feel that they are part of a team, and I really want them to contribute asking questions...really understanding what we're doing to make sure that they feel that they're part of their health care. My model is not a unidirectional model. My model for healthcare is definitely a team oriented with multiple different providers as well as the patient being heavily involved in their care.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I really enjoy spending time with my family. Church is very important to me. I'm a fly fisherman. I try to play golf once in a while so lots of activities. But I have kids that are in middle school and high school and so spending time with friends, and mainly family, is a high priority for me.