Dr. Matthew Provencher is one of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons specializing in the surgical treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the knee and shoulder. Dr. Provencher practices at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and conducts research as a Principal Investigator at the renowned Steadman Philippon Research Institute aimed at innovation and improvement in patient care in the field of orthopedic sports medicine.
He previously served as the Chief of Sports Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, and was the Head Team Physician and Medical Director of the New England Patriots, and Assistant Team Physician for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. He also currently serves as Professor of Surgery & Orthopedics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and is the Department Head of Navy Orthopedics – San Diego Reserve. Dr. Provencher has special expertise in shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder stabilization, rotator cuff repair, biceps and SLAP disorders including tenodesis, shoulder arthritis and shoulder replacements, joint restoration with biologics and cartilage, knee arthroscopy, knee ligament reconstruction, osteotomies, and cartilage restoration. Dr. Provencher graduated with highest honors from the United States Naval Academy, where he was appointed the Deputy Brigade Commander, graduated with highest honors, was Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate, and was a First-Team All-American rower. He earned his medical degree with honors at Dartmouth Medical School and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Dr. Provencher completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and his orthopedic shoulder knee and sports surgery fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. A prolific researcher, he has received numerous academic and research awards, including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Science Award, the ISAKOS Richard Caspari Award and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Aircast Research Award. He was also selected for several prestigious traveling fellowships, including the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) John Fahey North American Traveling Fellowship, the American-British-Canadian (ABC) Fellowship and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Traveling Fellowship. In addition, Dr. Provencher has received several peer-reviewed research grants totaling over $1.5M to study topics such as shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries and ACL tears from funding agencies including, OREF, PRORP and The Departments of the Army and Navy.
Dr. Provencher served as an orthopedic surgeon at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and was Director of the Sports Medicine and Surgery Program. As Consultant Orthopedic Team Physician for the Navy Seal Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7, he was also instrumental in setting up the Special Forces Tactical Athlete Program – a comprehensive wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation program for Naval Special Forces. In addition to his orthopedic duties, Dr. Provencher performed extensive Humanitarian and Disaster Relief work. In this capacity, he served as the Director for Surgical Services for three years on the USNS Mercy and was the surgical leader during Pacific Partnership 2012 – the largest Humanitarian and Civic Action in the Asia-Pacific region focused on building stronger relationships and building disaster response capabilities with partner nations. In this capacity, he led a 500-member medical-surgical team on a five country Disaster Relief training mission in the Asia Pacific region.
In recognition of Dr. Provencher’s academic achievements in the realm of sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, he was elected into the prestigious Herodicus Society, which identifies excellence in orthopedic sports surgery. He was also nominated to The Board of Directors for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He serves on numerous national and international committees and was the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) 2014 Program Director and the Co-Director of the San Diego Shoulder Institute Annual Meeting. He is active in publishing leadership as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery. He currently serves as the Research Chairman for AOSSM; Education Committee Chairman for AANA; and is the Exhibits Chair on the Annual Meeting Committee for AAOS.
Dr. Provencher is an active member of Arthroscopy Association of AANA, AOSSM, ISAKOS, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS). He was recently named one of the Top 28 Shoulder Surgeons in the United States and also one of the Top 28 Knee Surgeons in the United States by Orthopedics Today. He is also recognized by Becker’s Orthopedics as “One of 59 Great Orthopedic Surgeons”. His research includes over 200 peer-reviewed publications and articles, 148 chapters, and he has authored 5 textbooks.
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The best doc ever! During college I injured my shoulder while playing baseball and never looked for help. 20 yrs later I started feeling pain and couldn’t go to the gym anymore. This guy is amazing – performed a high end surgery and everything went well. He followed my recovery closely and his whole team is outstanding. Hopefully I don’t get injured again, but if I do I will go back to Vail again!
I am so grateful for Dr. Provencher & Dr. LaPrade. These two professionals and their team (Dr. Jon Godin and Sam, P.A.) took extraordinary care of me after a skiing accident earlier this week while I was vacationing in Beaver Creek. I was not on the schedule to be seen, yet this team worked together effortlessly to provide pain relief and care at a moments notice. I am so grateful to all of them! I highly recommend you inquire with Dr. Provencher if ever you are in need of world class care.
I was recommended to Dr. Provencher by another orthopedist for severe ac joint separation. He is extremely well qualified and I am very happy with the results. His PA Katy was a joy to work with and helped coordinate and assist in the surgery, making my operative experience as comfortable as possible. My only regret is that he is leaving the area, not that I am hoping or expecting to need his services again. Mass. General's loss.
Very pleased with him and his staff. I was referred to him and another surgeon to discuss a bone graft for recurrent instability. I was comfortable with his thought process and recommendations where I had already had 6 prior shoulder surgeries so I made the decision to go with him versus the other surgeon.
Successfully performed complex right knee ACL/PCL reconstructive surgery
Dr. Provencher is a world class surgeon. I have commanded United States Marines overseas on the toughest + most austere of combat grounds in Afghanistan and if it wasn't for the work Dr. Provencher provided on my left and right knee, my career as an Infantry Officer in The United States Marine Corps would be over. He has repaired my LCL, ACL x2, and my MCL and after both surgeries my knees came back stronger than before the injurie. It is the greatest of honors to know this American Patriot.