Title: John Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program
Company: Suburban Hospital
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Thomas Lewis Matthew, Director John Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Matthew dedicates himself the well-being of his patients and strives for excellence in care and compassion. He was inspired by his father, Dr. Thomas William Matthew, who was the first black neurosurgeon trained in the United States and established a non-profit organization in New York City that helped underprivileged people in Harlem develop job, employment, and life skills. His father’s synthesis of professional success and genuine care for others inspired Dr. Matthew to enter the field of medicine and earn a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and board certification under the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery/Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery. Prior to his current role, Dr. Matthew worked as the co-director of cardiovascular and thoracic surgical services at the Boulder Community Hospital, chief of the medical staff and medical director of the progressive open heart unit at Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and chief resident of thoracic cardiovascular surgery at the University of Virginia.
Among his achievements, Dr. Matthew is proud that he helped with the integration of helping with the integration of cardio vascular surgery services at the University of Colorado health and is in the midst of doing the same for the cardiothoracic surgery program at Suburban Hospital. Within the past year and a half, the hospital evolved from a small staff to a fully staffed unit with a growth trajectory in Montgomery County that will position the program to be one of the most significant providers of cardiothoracic surgery healthcare in the region within the next decade. In addition to this accomplishment, Dr. Matthew offers a free clinic that meets once a week and is hoping to expand this service. He enjoys helping patients as well as mentoring high school, undergraduate, and medical students and impresses upon his mentees the importance of hard work, preparedness, and a love for what one does. As a testament to his success, Dr. Matthew is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology, holds membership with the National Medical Association and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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