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Mobile, Ala. (February 4, 2010)
Contact: Ashley Givens, (251) 470-1682

Internationally Renowned Trauma Surgeon to Present Mitchell Endowed Lecture in Traumatology and Surgical Care


Internationally renowned trauma surgeon Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox will present two lectures in February on the care of trauma patients. Both talks are open to all medical professionals and are made possible by the William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lecture in Traumatology and Surgical Care.

His first talk, “Abdominal Trauma Operations Which Changed My Life,” will take place on Feb. 18, 2010, at 6 p.m. The second lecture, “Continuing Controversies in Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injury Screening and Treatment,” will take place the following day, Feb. 19, 2010, at 7 a.m. Both talks will be held at the conference center located on the second floor of the University of South Alabama Medical Center.

Dr. Mattox is professor and vice chair of the Michael E. DeBakey department of surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he serves as chief of surgery. He also serves as chief of staff at Ben Taub General Hospital, also in Houston.

This memorial lecture is presented annually to honor the life of Mitchell, who died in 2005 from severe traumatic injuries sustained in a car crash. Despite the best of care, his injuries were so critical that he was not able to be saved. Following his treatment at the USA Trauma Center - in appreciation for the care he received - his family established the endowment and the lecture series both to memorialize Mitchell and to improve trauma patient care in our region through education. Mitchell was a senior at UMS-Wright Preparatory School at the time of his death.

In addition to his contributions as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Mattox has authored or co-authored more than 500 articles for scholarly and professional journals. He has served as editor, writer, and contributor to many books related to trauma, surgical procedures and techniques, and heart disease. He is a past president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and a founding member of the American Trauma Society.

As an academic medical center, leaders in healthcare such as Dr. Mattox are invited to lecture to university and community physicians to improve patient care.

The USA Trauma Center is the area’s only Level I Trauma Center, serving as a community resource and a leader in trauma care for citizens throughout the central Gulf Coast region. The center provides the highest level of care for trauma patients.

For more information on these lectures, call (251) 471-7993.

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