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2021 40 Under 40: Dr. Curtis Mattson

Director of Clinics, CoxHealth

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Dr. Curtis Mattson, 39, credits a flexible leadership style for his career successes.

Quick, decisive leadership helped him lead the rollout of telemedicine across the CoxHealth network of more than 700 providers in less than four days. The urgency was in response to the March 2020 citywide stay-at-home order. His quick thinking allowed patients to get care from the safety of their homes.

But it’s his transformational leadership style he credits for his proudest achievement. In 2018, he proposed and led the integration of behavioral health and physical health within the same clinic. The program has grown from two behavioral health consultants in 2018 to nine in 2020, and Mattson expects growth to continue.

Mattson also serves as president of the Missouri Psychological Association and volunteers in the community.

First job? Bagging groceries at Consumer’s Grocery Store.

How do you make the Ozarks better? Helping our friends and neighbors get access to treatment, talking about mental health, and reducing stigma and creating a trauma-informed workplace are all really important to me.

Recent TV show binge? “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Office,” again.

Favorite hobby or pastime? Playing with my kids. But if it’s just me, I’ve really gotten into scuba diving.

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