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Nov. 18, 2013

Houston Surgeon Receives Award for Citizenship and Community Service

For immediate release:
Nov. 18, 2013

WASHINGTONThe American Medical Association (AMA) presented Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., a Houston thoracic surgeon, with the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service. The award recognizes a physician who has gone above and beyond their professional call of duty to make an outstanding public service contribution to their local community.

"It is an honor to present Dr. Mattox with this award honoring his model leadership in the medical response to natural disasters on the Gulf coast," said AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. "Dr. Mattox leads by example and his dedication to public service is an inspiration to all other physicians."

Dr. Mattox was chosen by the AMA for the award due to his exemplary service in the medical response to several natural disasters, including Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. As part of the Katrina Joint Unified Command, Dr. Mattox helped form an "evacuation city" to house, treat, clothe and feed 27,000 evacuees from New Orleans in only 18 hours.

Dr. Mattox is currently a distinguished service professor at Baylor College of Medicine and is chief of staff and surgeon-in-chief at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, where he has worked since 1973. As an innovator in trauma care, Dr. Mattox has won numerous awards and honors for his work including the AMA Physician Recognition Award in 1972 and1993.

Dr. Mattox has been active in organized medicine taking on numerous leadership roles, including past president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, past president of the Harris County Medical Society and Texas representative to the AMA House of Delegates from 2004-2006. He helped develop the internationally renowned Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Center and its equally respected Trauma Center and he has contributed his time and talents to help numerous organizations including the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, on which he is chair of the board of directors.

Dr. Mattox received his Bachelor's degree from Wayland College in Plainview, Texas and he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine where he completed residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery.

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