Dr. Matthew L. Davis, 41, the director of trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care and system director of trauma at Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital, died Thursday in a climbing accident in Colorado.
Davis was in Colorado with Billy Wren, an inventor and businessman, and another friend.
On his Facebook page Friday, Wren described Davis as “adventurous, caring and strong.”
Davis began his career with Scott & White Memorial Hospital in 2002 as a resident in general surgery and completed his residency in 2007. On Aug. 18, 2008, he was appointed to Scott & White’s medical staff, according to his Scott & White biography.
A statement from Baylor Scott & White Health said, in part, “We are all deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Dr. Matthew Davis. His remarkable career at Baylor Scott & White Health began in 2002. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”
Davis was a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and of the American Board of Surgical Critical Care. His specialties were critical care surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and general surgery.
He banded with Dr. Robert McKenzie, Dr. Adam C. Bossen and Wren to create Central Texas Marine Solutions LLC and applied to become the new lessee for Pier 36/Lake Belton Marina.
Living in the area since 2002 with his wife and three children, Davis was the chief trauma surgeon who cared for victims of both the 2009 and 2014 Fort Hood shootings.
He was a member of the Miller Springs Alliance and worked to increase access to and improve the Miller Springs Nature Center Trails.
In addition, Davis was a member of a local chapter of Team Fearless that let him support exercise programs for poor and disadvantaged Central Texas child- ren.
Davis’ hobbies included mountain climbing, mountain biking, skiing and rock climbing, his biography said.