Matt Young, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Physician, 

Bowie County Health Authority

Dr. Matt Young has been practicing Emergency Medicine in East Texas for 25 years. Since studying and receiving his training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Young earned his board certification in Emergency Medicine from the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In addition, Dr. Young is the Texarkana Emergency Center & Hospital Physician and Owner and is the Bowie County Health Authority. Dr. Young has served as the Medical Director of Emergency Services at both local hospitals, and he has been Medical Director for LifeNet, Inc. for more than a decade. 

“I enjoy helping others in the neediest and most vulnerable time in their life – during an emergency,” Dr. Young says. “To be able to help your fellow man during that time and turn it into an outstanding experience is truly rewarding.”

Every day, Dr. Young sees various emergencies with patients of all ages. He treats everything from medical illness to traumatic injuries. “No matter what we face every day, it is always fulfilling when you have a part in saving a life and making a difference in a patient’s outcome,” Dr. Young says. 

For Dr. Young, the best part of his business is that the whole staff enjoys being a part of the four states area and supporting the community. “We are always looking for new ways to serve the Texarkana community,” Dr. Young says. “We are local providers who choose to live, play, and pray in the same community we serve.”

Dr. Young was born and raised in Texarkana, and though he has many professional accolades, he counts his greatest accomplishments to be his Christian faith and the family he has with his wife, Cindy. “We have two sons, Logan and Garrett, and one sweet puppy, Simon,” Dr. Young says. “When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family while enjoying the great outdoors, fishing, or being on the water.” 

Looking to the future, Dr. Young hopes to continue to have a positive influence in both the medical field and also throughout the community. “I also want to continue to enhance my life through education and faith in religion to make me a better person for myself and those I am blessed to come in contact with,” Dr. Young says. “My advice for others is not to let those who may not believe in you or your goals sidetrack your success. Use these doubts as positive motivation. I’d like to say they never knew what I had in me, and I appreciate their challenge.” 

Fun Facts: 

1. I am passionate aboutcommunity involvement. We enjoy being involved in many aspects of our local communities.

2. My favorite place to eat in Texarkana is Zapata’s, and I always order a puffy taco.

3. The best tip I know for staying healthy is to realize that your health is not a sprint but a marathon. There will be ups and downs but stay positive and keep moving forward.

4. My idols are my mother and father. Anyone who can raise ten kids deserves respect. 

5. Most people don’t know that swimming is my favorite form of exercise. 

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