David A. Matson, DO, is the interim academic chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. He has been a faculty member at Drexel since 2020. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and the associate designated institutional official for graduate medical education (GME) for Reading Hospital.
Dr. Matson served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including a deployment to Okinawa, Japan, as part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He then attended Temple University for his undergraduate degree in chemistry and philosophy. He earned his DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999, followed by a transitional internship at Mercy Catholic Medical Center and residency in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Reading Hospital in 2018, after having served as chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery for six years.
A dedicated medical educator, Dr. Matson was the program director for Reading Hospital’s Anesthesiology Residency program from 2019 to 2022. He has also spent many years as the medical student/rotation coordinator for the Department of Anesthesiology at Einstein and serves as a clinical preceptor for Einstein’s certified registered nurse anesthetist program. He has received several teaching honors from Drexel University College of Medicine including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award and the Dean’s Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2021, and the Golden Apple Teaching Award and Gold Humanism Award for Clinical Faculty, both in 2022.