Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs
Academic interests in emergency cardiology, emergency geriatrics, risk management, and faculty development
In 1987, Amal Mattu was at a crossroads in his life. The JV point guard with a deadly 3-point shot at Division III powerhouse Johns Hopkins University had to decide between pursuing a career in basketball or medicine. But after he failed to have one final growth spurt by age 20, Mattu made his decision: it would be medicine all the way. He skipped his tryout with the Lakers and took the MCAT instead, and there's been no turning back since. He chose to follow MRSA over money, fasciitis over Ferraris, thoracotomies over three-pointers, shingles over Showtime, and heart disease over Hollywood. He eventually completed an EM residency at Thomas Jefferson University followed by a teaching fellowship and then joined the EM faculty at the University of Maryland where he has been since 1996. He now spends his time teaching, writing, mentoring young colleagues, and spreading the gospel of The Princess Bride. He has enjoyed his career immensely...though every now and then during a tough shift, you might catch him staring off and thinking about what it would have been like to play the point with Shaq and Kobe and hang a few more banners in the LA Forum rafters.