Company: Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Grady Memorial Hospital, Grady Health System
Location: East Point, Georgia, United States
Leslie Ray Matthews, M.D., FACS, FCCM, Co-Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Grady Memorial Hospital as part of Grady Health System has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and vitamin D research.
With a lifelong desire to become a surgeon, Dr. Matthews initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, cum laude, at the University of Mississippi in 1985 prior to earning his Doctor of Medicine from the aforementioned institution in 1989. Thereafter, he completed an internship in general surgery at the District of Columbia General Hospital, a residency in general surgery at Western Reserve Hospital, Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital and a fellowship in surgical critical care at the Mayo Clinic Foundation for Medical Education and Research. He began his professional career as an emergency room physician for Community Emergency Physicians, Inc. in 1997, and thereafter excelled in a multitude of positions with institutions such as the Mayo Clinic Foundation for Medical Education and Research and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He found notable success with Grady Memorial Hospital of Grady Health System, initially holding the position of the director of trauma and surgical critical care from 2007 to 2010 prior to returning to the organization as the co-director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit from 2017 until his retirement in 2019.
Though his career has been suffused with highlights, Dr. Matthews is most proud of his recognition as a top vitamin D researcher worldwide. To his credit, he has been invited to speak before the FDA, the CDC, Health and Human Services, Veteran Affairs and the United States Army. Furthermore, his research has been published in ABC News, Glamour International Magazine and he has spoken to the Mongolia National Press and the United Nations. Along with a plethora of professional accomplishments, including providing care for the first patient to survive traumatic brain stem injury using high dose Vitamin D and saving Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice from a near-fatal automobile collision. He has been presented with a multitude of accolades, including his recent recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and a nominee of the Warren Alpert Foundation Award. Looking toward the future, his goal is to become the chief executive officer of his own global company.
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