The American Medical Association (AMA) awarded Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS, the 2013 Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service November 16, during the opening session of the 2013 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in National Harbor, MD. Dr. Mattox, Second Vice-President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons, is Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; and chief of staff and chief of surgery, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX. The Benjamin Rush Award annually recognizes a physician who has exceeded professional responsibilities and contributed significantly to public service.
Dr. Mattox provided exemplary service in the medical response to several natural disasters, including the 2001 tropical storm Allison 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 more than 27,000 evacuees from New Orleans, LA, in only 18 hours.
Dr. Mattox is a past-president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, past-president of the Harris County Medical Society in Texas, and was the Texas representative to the AMA House of Delegates from 2004 to 2006. He developed the internationally known Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Center and its trauma center and currently serves as board chair of the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, Houston. View an AMA press release announcing the award.