Houston Physician Takes Top Honors in TMA Academic Award

May 18, 2013

Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, Houston, received the first-ever Platinum Award, the top honor in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine. Dr. Mattox received the award today during TMA’s annual conference in San Antonio. 

 “We in academia exist to create information and venues so that current and future physicians in practice can be master clinicians, researchers, and public servants,” said Dr. Mattox.  “Many such medical teachers in Texas are worthy, but none could be more grateful for this recognition, which I accept on behalf of my colleagues throughout the state, but especially from Baylor College of Medicine and Ben Taub General Hospital, the major affiliate with Baylor in Houston.”  

The multi-level award program is designed to recognize academic physicians who are consummate teachers, role models, and medical professionals. The TMA Council on Medical Education Subcommittee for Academic Physicians created the award to recognize Texas physician leaders who have simultaneously dedicated their lives to the care of patients and to the preparation of the physician workforce of tomorrow.

Dr. Mattox is such a physician. He is a distinguished service professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, his alma mater. He is a board-certified physician in general surgery and thoracic surgery and has practiced medicine for more than 40 years. 

Dr. Mattox has an extensive leadership list in state, national, and international medical organizations. Among them, he was a founding member of the American Trauma Society, served as president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and is a board member of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society. In addition, he has served as a member of the TMA Council on Medical Education and EMS & Trauma Committee and as a Texas delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

Locally, he has been president of the Harris County Medical Society and the Houston Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Houston’s Public Health Committee and received the 2012 Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award. Dr. Mattox also is on the board of the John P. McGovern Museum for Health & Medical Science.

Stephen B. Greenberg, MD, Dean of Medical Education at BCM, said, “Dr. Mattox is an internationally known thoracic surgeon, master clinician, and superb educator. He is an extraordinary ambassador for the medical professional throughout the state of Texas and the world.”

Dr. Mattox was among 18 physicians who were recognized by TMA in the award’s four recognition levels, each with increasing eligibility requirements: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Physicians self-nominate for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels; a TMA physician committee selects the Platinum winner from the eligible Gold-level applicants. (See attached list of award winners in all categories.)

2012-13 TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine Winners  

Platinum-Level Award Winner:
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS; Baylor College of Medicine/Ben Taub General Hospital*  

Recipient of Gold-Level Achievement:
Joel Sullivan Dunnington, MD; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Lewis E. Foxhall, MD; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
John J. Fraser Jr., MD, JD, MPH; The University of Texas Medical Branch*
Alice K. Gong, MD; The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Robert Greenberg, MD; Texas A&M Health Science Center/Scott & White Healthcare
Raymond Moss Hampton, MD; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center—Permian Basin
John C. Jennings, MD; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center—Permian Basin
Kevin W. Klein, MD; The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS; Baylor College of Medicine/Ben Taub General Hospital*
Evan G. Pivalizza, MBChB; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Rajam S. Ramamurthy, MD; The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Michael E. Speer, MD; Baylor College of Medicine*
V.O. Speights Jr., DO; Texas A&M Health Science Center/Scott & White Healthcare  

Recipient of Silver-Level Achievement:
Christian T. Cable, MD; Texas A&M Health Science Center/Scott & White Healthcare
John J. Fraser Jr., MD, JD, MPH; The University of Texas Medical Branch*
Wendy B. Kang, MD, JD; The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Benjamin Lee, MD, FAAP, FHM; Children’s Medical Center Dallas/The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Jeffrey L. Levin, MD; The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Michael E. Speer, MD; Baylor College of Medicine*  

Recipient of Bronze-Level Achievement:
Dana Sprute, MD, MPH; The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Austin  

*received two award levels
 

Contact: Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; email: pam.udall@texmed.org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org  

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