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Reuben Matalon, M.D., Ph.D.




Professor, Department of Pediatrics


Appointments: 409-772-3695



Mailing Address

301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555-0359

Dr. Matalon is a professor of Pediatrics and Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics. He received his M.D. from the Hebrew University of Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, where he also received his Ph.D. degree in Genetics.

His research involved the discovery of many of the enzymes related to the Mucopolysaccharididoes. These enzymes are currently being used for treatment of these diseases. He continued to be interested in biochemical diseases and research with PKU. He discovered the defect and cloned the gene for Canavan Disease, at The University of Texas Medical Branch he created a knock out mouse for Canavan Disease. All his studies have been supported by grants, mostly from NIH.

Dr. Matalon is the recipient of multiple awards, Association of Clinical Scientists, several awards from the Inborn Errors of Metabolism (SSIEM) for his discoveries, Samuel Natelson Award, and the William B. Peck's Scientific Research Award for Research in Human Genetics.

Currently, Dr. Matalon is working on enzyme therapy for PKU, Canavan Disease and Lysomal Storage Diseases. Dr. Matalon has very active clinical engagements in El Paso, San Antonio, and UTMB.

Reuben Matalon, M.D., Ph.D.