In memoriam: 'Pete' Mattson, orthpaedic surgeon

Dr. Harold A. “Pete” Mattson, clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern who led the resident program for the department at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center for many years, died Dec. 27, 2010. He was 93. Dr. Mattson was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

“During the last 15 years of his professional career, Dr. Mattson admirably served on the Dallas VA faculty, acting as a mentor, friend and father figure to a generation of orthopaedic residents,” said Dr. Robert Bucholz, professor and former chairman of orthopaedic surgery. “The residents created an annual Pete Mattson Award, which they presented to the orthopaedic faculty member who contributed the most to their education and career development.”

Dr. Mattson, the youngest of 13 children, was born and raised in Kearney, Neb. He married the former Alice Elaine Loewe in 1943.

Dr. Mattson graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School in 1944 and served as a captain in the Army at Schick General Hospital in Clinton, Iowa. In 1950, he opened an orthopaedic surgery practice in Oak Cliff, and it flourished for 37 years.

In addition to his medical contributions, Dr. Mattson was a charter member and early board president of Oak Cliff Lutheran Church. He also founded the North Texas Nebraskans and served as the club’s first president.

Russell Rian

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Dr. Bucholz holds the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute Distinguished Chair in Orthapaedic Rehabilitation.

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