Steven C. Matson, MD :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Contact Information

Adolescent Medicine
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-2458
FX: (614) 355-3583


Steven C. Matson, MD, is Chief of the Section of Adolescent Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is the director of Opiate Addiction Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital and also is the Medical Director of the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. He is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Dr. Matson is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include treatment of opiate addiction in adolescents, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, health care of incarcerated youth, substance abuse, and evaluation and treatment of mental health problems.


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Clinical Interests

  • Substance abuse diagnosis and treatment
  • Adolescent gynecology
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • General adolescent health care
  • Health care for incarcerated youth

Research Interests

Areas of Interest:

  • Opiate addiction treatment success and developmental outcomes of drug abusing adolescents
  • Sexually transmitted infections

Education and Training

Medical School

  • Mayo Medical School
    Date Completed: 05/31/1983


  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Date Completed: 06/30/1986


  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Date Completed: 06/30/1987


  • Michigan State University
    Date Completed: 06/30/1992


  • Pediatrics


  • Adolescent Medicine


  • Addiction Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 08/29/2008


  • Matson SC, Bentley C, Hughes-Dughman V, Bonny AE. 2013. Receipt of Prescribe Controlled Substances by Adolescents and Young Adults Prior to Presentinmg for Opiate Dependence Treatment.  Journal of Addiction. Vol. 2013, no. January: e680705.
  • Bravender T, Matson SC. 2012. Adolescents, IUDs, PID, and Enterococcus: A Report of 2 Cases.  J Pediatri Adolesc Gynecol. Vol. 25, no. May: e73-74.
  • Fortune RS, Matson SC. 2012. Health Care for Detained and Incarcerated Youth. In Adolescent Medicine Today. 1st ed. Edited by Berlan ED, Bravender T. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company.
  • Matson, SC. 2012. Common Medical Conditions in Males. In Adolescent Medicine Today. 1st ed. Edited by Berlan ED, Bravender T. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company.
  • Matson, SC. 2012. Substance Abuse and Dependence. In Adolescent Medicine Today. 1st ed. Edited by Berlan ED, Bravender T. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company.
  • Matson, DR, Eudy JD, Matson SC. 2010. Cutaneous Alternariosis in an Adolescent Patient.  Pediatric Dermatology Vol. 27 No. 1 January â?„ February 2010. Vol. Vol. 27 No. 1 January / February 2010, no. January: 98-100.
  • Cecil H, Matson SC. 2006. Sexual victimization among African American adolescent females: examination of the reliability and validity of the Sexual Experiences Survey.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Vol. 21, no. 1. (January): 89-104.
  • Male Reproductive Healthcare in the Title X Clinic, Family Planning Training Program (revision). 2006. Schnare SM, Worthington S, Smith RA, Matson SC, Bretl D, Braun B. Milwaukee, WI: Monograph.
  • Cecil H, Matson SC. 2005. Differences in Psychological Health, Family Dysfunction and Substance Use as a Function of Sexual Victimization Type Among African American Adolescent Women.  Journal of Sex Research. Vol. 42, no. 3. (August): 203-214.
  • Ehrman WG, Matson SC. 2005. Adolescents and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In Pediatrics. 1st ed. Edited by Osborn LM, DeWitt TG, First LR, Zenel JA. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby.
  • Male Reproductive Health care in the Title X Clinic, Family Planning Training Program. 2003. Schnare SM, Worthington S, Smith RA, Matson SC, Bretl D, Braun B. Milwaukee, WI: Monograph.
  • Pierzchalski JL, Bretl DA, Matson SC. 2002. Phthirus Pubis as a Predictor for Chlamydia Infections in Adolescents.  Sex Transm Dis. Vol. 29, no. 6. (June): 331-334.
  • Cecil H, Matson SC. 2001. Psychological Functioning and Family discord among African American Adolescent Females with and without a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse.  Child Abuse and Neglect. Vol. 25, no. January: 973-988.
  • Matson SC. 2001. State of Adolescent Health in Wisconsin. Milwaukee, WI: Monograph.
  • Matson SC, Haglund KA. 2000. Relationship Between Scholastic and health Behaviors and Reading Level in Adolescent Females.  Clinical Pediatrics. Vol. 39, no. January: 75-280.
  • Matson SC, Bretl DA, Wolf K. 2000. Health Care Needs of Detained Youth.  Journal of Correctional Health. Vol. 7, no. January: 245-261.
  • Ehrman WG, Matson SC. 1998. Approach to Assessing Adolescents on Serious or Sensitive Issues.  Pediatric Clinics of North America. Vol. 45, no. 1. (January): 189-204.
  • Matson SC, Henderson KA, McGrath GJ. 1997. Physical Findings and Symptoms of Depo-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Use in Adolescent Females.  J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. Vol. 10, no. January: 18-23.
  • Kokotailo P, Lanhough R, Neary B, Matson SC, Stone H and Fleming M. 1995. Improving Pediatric Residents' Alcohol and Other Drug Use Clinical Skills: Use of an Experiential Curriculum.  Pediatrics. Vol. 96, no. January: 99-104.
  • Matson SC, Pomeranz AJ, Kamps, KA. 1993. Early Detection and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Pregnant Adolescents of Low Socioeconomic Status.  Clinical Pediatrics. Vol. 32, no. January: 609-612.
  • Pomeranz AJ, Matson SC, Nelson DB. 1991. Delay in Obstetrical Care in Newly Diagnosed Teenage Pregnancy.  Clinical Pediatrics. Vol. 30, no. January: 661-663.
  • Matson SC, Swanson MC, Reed CE, Yunginger JW. 1983. IgE and IgG immune mechanisms do not mediate occupation related respiratory or systemic symptoms in hog farmers.  J Allergy Clinic. Immunol.. Vol. 72, no. January: 299-304.
  • Matson SC,Bentley C, Hughes Dughman V, Bonny AE. Receipt of Controlled Substance Prescriptions by Adolescents Prior to Presenting for Opiate Addiction Treatment.  Pediatrics.
  • Bravender T, Matson SC. Adolescents, IUDs, PID, and enterococcus: a report of 2 cases.  Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Founders of Adolescent Medicine award from American Academy of Pediatrics
  • First recipient, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Founders of Adolescent Medicine Award
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