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Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., is one of the most recognized surgeons in America.  His reputation as an innovator in trauma care is worldwide.  He has made original and significant contributions in trauma resuscitation, trauma systems, thoracic trauma, vascular injury, autotransfusion, complex abdominal trauma and multi-system trauma.  The "Mattox Maneuver" for abdominal aortic injury was used internationally in years past.  His research in preoperative fluid restriction for penetrating trauma shook the foundation of surgical doctrine in this area.  

Doctor Mattox is Distinguished Service Professor of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas.  He helped develop the internationally renowned Ben Taub General Hospital Emergency Center and its equally respected Trauma Center.  Authoring over 600 articles and more than 1000 abstracts, he has also served on six Editorial Boards and has been an Editorial Reviewer for 15 other journals.  His textbook, Trauma, is an international best seller now in its seventh edition, and was joined by his second text, Complications in Trauma, which focused on special problems encountered in managing traumatic injuries.  He is co-editor of the Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, now in its 19 edition and recognized throughout the world.  He is co-editor of the second edition of Rich’s Vascular Trauma.  A fifth book, History of Surgery in Houston, recounts the last 50 years of Houston’s impressive and colorful surgical heritage.  Additionally, he has co-authored a unique international best seller, Top Knife, which is a practical guide to trauma care, now in its third printing, and translated into eight foreign languages.

He has been a visiting professor or consultant to more than 800 medical schools, hospitals or health care systems throughout the world.  For the past fifteen years, he has been Program Director of the Las Vegas Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery Postgraduate Course, the best attended and most acclaimed trauma conference in the world.  In 2008, he added the directorship of another international conference to his “docket,” Medical Disaster Response.  In its inaugural year, the course sold out.  Doctor Mattox is a member of over 30 professional organizations, and is Past President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Secretary-Treasurer of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society, and Past President of the Houston Surgical Society and Texas Surgical Society.  He was just named Vice Prsident of the American Surgical Association.

He is an active participant in helping to formulate and pass legislation relating to improved care for the trauma patient on local, state and national levels. He previously served on the Mayor’s Neighborhood-Oriented Government Steering Committee, chaired the Red Ribbon Committee to address HFD Emergency Medical Services and sat on the Hospital Subcommittee of the Mayor’s Special Task Force on The Medical Aspects of Disaster. Currently, Doctor Mattox serves as consultant to the Center for Biologic Evaluation and Research of the FDA. Additionally, he is the trauma consultant on the Best Doctors Medical Advisory Board.  

During the Allison, Katrina, and Rita hurricanes, Doctor Mattox was at the center of the storms’ medical responses. As part of Katrina’s Joint Unified Command Structure, he assisted in the formation of an “Evacuation City” for 27,700 Katrina evacuees.  This amazing “city” was built in 18 hours!  He was part of the four-member medical branch and supervised the five-tiered medical care for more than 15,000 clinic visits in 14 days.  This collaborative medical response from Baylor College of Medicine, Harris County Hospital District, Harris County Medical Society, the County Health Department, and many others, enhanced the image of Houston, Harris County and our medical community in the eyes of the world and made this effort a “Model for Disaster Response.”

Doctor Mattox has been listed in “Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in Houston, and profiled in Inside Houston.  He was selected by the Association of Operation Room Nurses of Greater Houston to receive the 1998 Distinguished Surgeon Award, and in May 2001, was named Distinguished Surgeon by the Houston Surgical Society. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayland Baptist University and Baylor College of Medicine. In June 2003, Doctor Mattox was given the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr., Award for Excellence in Education, the highest educational recognition given at Baylor College of Medicine and has repeatedly been honored by the residents in training in recognition of his guidance and mentorship. This past year, Doctor Mattox was named Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine.  Most recently, Doctor Mattox has been chosen to receive the 2012 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award by the Rotary Club of Houston.

Doctor Mattox has served on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Houston, Doctors’ Club of Houston, Wayland Baptist University, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, and serves as Chairman of the Board of the John P. McGovern Museum for Health & Medical Science, as well as Chairman of the Board for Southeast Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. He is the Texas Representative to the AMA House of Delegates (2004-2011).  Most recently, Doctor Mattox has been named to the Health Care Delivery subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory committee to the Secretary of Defense

Doctor Mattox is equally adept in the emergency center, operating room, intensive care unit, conference room, courtroom and political arena.  Clinician, technician, administrator, educator, researcher, medical statesman and iconoclast equally describe this versatile and controversial surgeon.

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