William Earle Matory, Sr., M.D., FACS, distinguished surgeon, teacher and innovator, was a longstanding member of the National Medical Association (since 1961) and for more than 30 years served as the NMA’s director of Continuing Medical Education (CME).
Dr. Matory was widely respected for his significant contributions to trauma care, burn care, continuing medical education, the National Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and as developer of a number of new programs at his alma mater Howard University, including the Family Practice Training Program.
As director of the NMA’s CME program since 1977, Dr. Matory implemented several program enhancements. He organized CME training and planning for all sections and regions of the NMA; maintained at least 40+ AMA Category 1 credit hours for the Annual Scientific Assembly; developed the NMA Family Medicine Section; initiated NMA certification to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for all health professionals; introduced the wireless audience response system to Assembly activity; and introduced poster sessions and oral resident research forums, along with many other CME activities. Under Dr. Matory’s guidance of the NMA’s Continuing Medical Education program, the NMA has continuously maintained ACCME accreditation.
Dr. Matory’s medical specialty training included an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and surgical residency at Freedmen’s Hospital system, which included the Staten Island United States Public Health Hospital and Norfolk Community Hospital. His residency was interrupted by his service as a captain in the United States Air Force (Japan) from 1955 to 1957. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1961 and later recertified in 1980. He served a surgical fellowship from 1961 to 1962 and a renal fellowship at Howard University Hospital from 1963 to 1965. He received special renal dialysis training at the District of Columbia Veterans Administrative Hospital from 1964 to 1996.
Dr. Matory was responsible for the burn service at Howard University Hospital. His general surgery practice, from 1960 until his retirement in 1997, included trauma care and general surgery with a special interest in colon/rectal surgery.
In 1971, Dr. Matory became a professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine. His academic contributions included the teaching of gastrointestinal surgery and trauma care and the development of a popular course on surgical pathophysiology. For 37 years he had full responsibility for the development of the surgery curriculum, which impacted approximately 4,000 medical students.
Always an advocate for medical students and young physicians, Dr. Matory developed the primary care and surgical fellowships for rising junior students. The 100 student- surgical fellows and primary care student fellows included winners of competitive forums throughout the country. In recognition of his outstanding teaching and mentoring skills, he was awarded the Student Council Teaching and Leadership Award in 1962, 1982 and 1984; the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society Faculty Induction Award in 1983, and the Distinguished Scholar–Teacher Award in the Howard University Health Affairs Division in 1985. He has received numerous other University and community awards.
During his long tenure at Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Matory made outstanding contributions in a variety of positions. He served as director of the Medical Education for National Defense Program (MEND) for training in mass casualty care; developed the Howard University program in Continuing Medical Education; and authored 16 publications and produced 130 surgical and general medical videotapes in continuing medical education. He also established the Department of Family Practice, serving as its first chairman from 1970 to 1979. He was co-founder of the Physician Assistant Training Program; and initiated the Annual Resident/Faculty Competitive Research Forum, the "Magnificent Professor" Recognition Ceremony, and the annual Charles Ireland, M.D. Memorial Lectureship and Competitive Forum.
Dr. Matory’s hospital activity included the directorship of the Emergency Care Area at Freedmen’s Hospital/Howard University Hospital from 1960 to 1982. He began the hemodialysis service at Freedmen’s Hospital in 1966 and later introduced vascular service in preparation for the Howard University Hospital chronic dialysis and renal transplantation programs.
After retiring from practice in 1997, he continued to serve the University as director of Continuing Medical Education, assistant dean for clinical affairs at the College of Medicine, and assistant medical director for postgraduate affairs in Howard University Hospital.
Among his many professional memberships and affiliations, Dr. Matory was president of the Washington Academy of Surgery and the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He served on the governing board of the ACS, representing the NMA surgical section for several years. He also served as chairman of the Washington, DC Board of Medicine and was a delegate to the Federation of State Medical Boards.
His membership in local medical societies included: the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (past chairman of Emergency Medicine Committee, the Continuing Medical Education Committee and the DC Emergency Medicine Planning Subcommittee), and charter member of the Society of Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education (now Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education). He was also a member of the National Academy of Science, Robert Wood Johnson Committee, which encouraged the national “911” emergency response system.
Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Matory received the Distinguished Surgeon Award from Congress in 1998, and the LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Distinguished Surgeon’s Award from the DC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Washington Academy of Surgery in 2000.