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Houston's Men of the Moment

By Ray Dennison and Mellanie Perez

Photography by Julie Soefer | Styling by Habib Issa and Saks Fifth Avenue | Grooming by Anneliese Dernehl and Jahan Telfah for Therapy Hair Studio | Shot on Location at the Star in Downtown


From a pediatric surgeon helping kids be kids to a race car maverick revving up for big news, the men shaping Houston’s future have a no-holds-barred passion for what they do. Here, six trailblazers sound off—in their own words.

Pediatric surgeon Matt Greives is making a big difference—and rewriting the script—for the Med Center’s tiniest patients.

“I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was a kid. I studied bioengineering and then chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, then went to NYU for med school. During my studies there—and on a mission trip to Chile—I became very interested in plastic surgery and congenital anomalies. My mom’s a teacher, so the idea of working with kids was always very salient growing up. Pedatrics is so important because you’re making it possible for kids to go have fun and just be kids. I was recruited by Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and UT in 2014. I didn’t have any ties to Texas, but it’s been right ever since. Academically and professionally, this place is world-class, and I’m currently working on a procedure that will reduce the number of surgeries required for kids with cleft lips and palates, drastically speeding up the process. On my recent trip to El Salvador, I got to see kids I operated on last year and how well they were doing. That was incredible. You feel like you’re there for such a small amount of time, but you’re impacting lives forever.” 

Jacket by Hugo Boss, shirt by Bonobos, tie by Ted Baker, all subject’s own