The Rotary Club of Houston has announced that surgeon Dr. Kenneth Mattox will be the honoree of the 2011/2012 Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award. The Award will be presented at a dinner on Monday April 23rd at the Omni Houston Hotel. The event will mark the 50th anniversary or semi-centennial of the prestigious Award.
Dr. Mattox is Distinguished Service Professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and holds the position of Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery at the Ben Taub General hospital, Houston.
He helped develop the internationally renowned Ben Taub General Hospital Emergency Center and its equally respected Trauma Center.
Dr. Richard Wainerdi, Texas Medical Center President/CEO, commented, "This is richly deserved. Dr. Mattox is both a gifted surgeon and a great humanitarian who has devoted his career to helping those in need."
Baylor College of Medicine Board Chairman Marc Shapiro stated, "Faculty members who over their careers have had a significant role in the success of the College and our graduates receive Baylor's Distinguished Service Professor recognition. Dr. Mattox is among those few. The Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award is a fitting complement to tributes received by Dr. Mattox as educator, physician, and administrator."
Currently, Doctor Mattox serves as consultant to the Center for Biologic Evaluation and Research of the FDA. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Houston, Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Wayland Baptist University, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Southeast Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the John P. McGovern Museum for Health & Medical Science and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society.
Proceeds of the Distinguished Citizen Award dinner fund Rotary Club of Houston’s charities for Public Health and immunization; Education; Mentoring Youth through the Club's Burnett Bayland Home and Camp Enterprise programs; Support for Cancer Patients and their Families through Jesse H. Jones Rotary House in the Texas Medical Center; and Medical and Educational materials provided to those in need overseas, through the club’s International Services program.
Established in 1912, the Rotary Club of Houston is the oldest volunteer service organization in the city. More details are available at www.RotaryHouston.org and (713) 973-9936.