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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by Phil Migicovsky on Matthew Provencher, MD
Amazing Medical Experience

Dr. Provencher and his team at the Steadman CLinic were just amazing. From the time that I booked my appointment until I left the clinic the experience was exceptional. I had intermittent shoulder pain and it was terrible at night. I was really worried that I had some serious issue and needed surgery. I arrived at 245 PM and left the clinic at about 600 PM. I had an XRay, consultation with first his PA (Scott) and then with Dr P, then an MRI, then another consultation with his PA and a shot in my shoulder. What would normally have been 3 visits was taken care of in one, AND today I have almost no pain. What a team! Everybody that I interacted was friendly, professional, patient and totally responsive. I felt like I was an Olympic athlete getting super personalized service. Thanks you all! Dr P was great, but I give more credit to him for creating such a great culture than for his exceptional medical skills.

by Kevin Kerr on Matthew Provencher, MD
Team Provencher!

Dr. Provencher and his team ended years of suffering and inadequate sleep that I had due to sever shoulder glenohumeral arthritis. Prior to surgery, day of surgery and post-surgery I was treated with nothing but respect, professionalism and afforded plenty of time. All of my questions were answered and there was zero anxiety working with the office staff, headed up by Robin… Thank You Robin!

Take another look at Dr. Provencher’s biography and what you’ll see is decades worth of work in the never-ending pursuit of excellence and patient care. The man and the team that surrounds him are truly amazing people, they changed my life!

Give Team Provencher a call!

by Richard Browning, M.D., on Matthew Provencher, MD
Wonderful results shoulder surgery

Dr.Provencher performed surgery (rotator cuff repai) on my left shoulder. He and his team were wonderful. Dr. Provencher has a great ability to relate to his patients and an ability to present the correct treatment option without the feeling that you are being pushed into a decision. Pain control was marvelous. I required no pain medication for the first three days and only a couple of pain pills after that. Now at 14 weeks after surgery, I am ready to go back to normal activity as soon as I am allowed. Great range of motion! Couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Dr Provencher and your team.

by John England on Matthew Provencher, MD

Dr Provencher did an amazingly good job on both my shoulders, with the hemicap resurfacing. I’m doing great! I need to have my neck and back fixed at The Steadman Clinic,and then I hope to be pain free entirely for the first time in years..

by Michael Landis on Matthew Provencher, MD
2 Total Shoulder Replacements

After years of slow deterioration, I went to a local Denver Orthopedic. As I left the exam, I was muttering under my breath: "what an A-hole." So I started searching and ended up with the Steadman Clinic and Dr. Provencher. My initial experience was about as night and day as possible. The time, patience and detailed explanations led me to ask if he could operate later that day! I was very excited for the operation. I went from constant pain, difficulty in sleeping, unable to do many weight training movements and no longer able to pursue my passion of bowhunting. I am (as I write this, I am 12 months and 7 months post-op) pain free, I have amazing range of motion, no issues sleeping, loving my weight training....and, I am back to shooting my bow with strength and without pain or fatigue. Dr Provencher listened to my goals and desires and has fullfilled my wishes. My recommendation is to consider a Doctor who does your operation many, many times a month.....not just once in a while. This Doctor and clinic is as good as they get. Their post op success is industry leading. The location may not be convenient, but the lasting success of the experience will having you pinching yourself for having made the right decision.

by Don Metzler on Matthew Provencher, MD
Shoulder replacement

With my shoulder continuing to loss motion, strength, and flexibility, I visited Dr. Provencher. The first thing he does is taking the time to get to know the patient. After our first visit he was confident he knew the correct procedure to get me back to where I wanted to be. Due to past injuries from rodeo and heavy weight lifting, I had a worn-out shoulder. He choose a shoulder replacement procedure that would allow to me to regain strength, motion, and flexibility. Soon after the operation I was nordic skate skiing. 6 month’s post operation, I’m riding my motocross bike, stacking hay above my head, riding my mtb and rode bike, and have gained near full strength. There is not pain. It’s better than I ever imagined and I’m only 7 months post operation. He’s the best surgeon out there.

by Nina on Matthew Provencher, MD
Dr. Provencher is the best!

After years of shoulder subluxations from rock climbing and one catastrophic surfing injury, I had a full 180 degree labrum tear. Dr. Provencher did an excellent job with my surgery, and one year later I am able to get back to doing what I love! He really takes the time to get to know his patients and understand your injury, which, in my experience, is rare for a surgeon to do. Thank you, Dr. Provencher!

by Mort Mulliken on Matthew Provencher, MD
No pain, tremendous gain!

Dr. Provencher has the winning combination: exemplary skill and reputation, delightful bedside manner, a fabulous team and years of commitment to our country. Can't recommend him strongly enough. Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country, for repairing my shoulder and bicep and for taking a few strokes off my golf game.

by Matt Burgess on Matthew Provencher, MD
If you don't pick him - shame on you

G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time. We've all heard the phrase tossed around when describing QB Tom Brady. Well let me tell you something... Captain Dr. Matthew Provencher is nothing short of that top tier recognition! The Doc has fixed my shoulder and my knee and I couldn't be happier. Here I am, just a local nobody, working in the valley for the sole purpose to shred, and Provencher and his team treated me like I was a professional athlete. They genuinely cared about getting me back to what i wanted to do. Zero complaints, minimal pain. Shoulder came back to 110% and here at 6 weeks out from my knee procedure I'm feeling great! Genius and savior! GOAT!!!
Doc- Thank you, cant wait to get some runs in this winter!

by EDWIN NOLAN on Matthew Provencher, MD
Best in the West

There is a reason Dr. Provencher is recognized as one of the best shoulder and knee surgeons in the USA. I initially had confidence in selecting him for my shoulder replacement because he is part of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, which is known as one of the world's best orthopedic clinics, staffed by top-rated orthopedic surgeons. One of his specialties there is shoulder replacement.
My experience at Steadman and the care by Dr. Provencher was the best I have had at any medical facility. A thorough examination with C-scan, MRI and Xrays was followed by an unhurried in-depth consultation with Dr. Provencher and his extensive staff. I was left completely informed and in agreement with Dr. Provencher's recommendation of a reverse shoulder replacement.
After the surgery I was sent home with pain medication prescriptions, which I never needed. What little pain I had came from some swelling and was easily fixed with ice packs. That was contrary to my usual experience following surgery--I am usually very pain sensitive, but there simply was none. The swelling was gone in a few days, and all minor discomfort in about two weeks. I credit the lack of pain to Dr. Provencher's surgical skill. I am still taking PT to build up strength in the shoulder, but the range of motion on the shoulder is close to that of my good shoulder. In all my post-surgery appointments with Dr. Provencher, he and his staff have been friendly, courteous, caring and professional. I seriously doubt that I could have received comparable care and results anywhere else.

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