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.

Captain Matthew T. Provencher, MD MBA MC USNR (Ret.), a native of Barrington, New Hampshire attended Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire and then the United States Naval Academy, where he was appointed the Deputy Brigade Commander (Second in command), graduated with Distinction (Highest Honors) with a Major in Electrical Engineering, and was designated as Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate. He was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (The National Honor Society), Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society), and Sigma Pi Sigma (The National Physics Honor Society). During his undergraduate years, Dr. Provencher was also a 4-year varsity oarsman and First-Team All-American at Navy and named Most Valuable Oarsman. He completed his medical education at Dartmouth Medical School where he graduated with Honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Provencher completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and his Orthopaedic Shoulder, Knee and Sports Surgery Fellowship at Rush University.  A prolific researcher, he has received numerous academic and research awards including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Aircast Award, AOSSM Fellowship Research Award, the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) Best Overall Paper in 2019 Award, the AOSSM Hughston Award, as well as the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Science Award, the ISAKOS Richard Caspari Award, and the Arthroscopy Journal Award for Basic Science Research Excellence.  He was also selected for several prestigious traveling fellowships focused on leadership, 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.  He has received numerous peer-reviewed grants from funding agencies including CDMRP (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program), PRORP (Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program); OREF (Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation) and the DoD (Department of Defense) totaling $12.8 Million.  He has used these funds to help establish MOTION (Military Orthopaedic Tracking Injuries Network) as an Executive Board Founding Member – a program that is dedicated to helping study musculoskeletal injuries and human performance in the military system and use the data to help design injury prevention programs.  In addition, he also designed studies to help our military members return to duty in a safer and more predictable manner through development of MPOWR (Mobile Platform for Optimizing Warfighter Rehabilitation), and BISS (Balboa Instability Severity Index Scores).  These programs are used to test the military warfighter prior to return to battle so that they are optimized in every aspect of the musculoskeletal system.  He is currently on the Executive Steering Committee of MOTION, a $42 Million Dollar DHA (Defense Health Agency) Initiative to improve musculoskeletal care in active and retired military personnel.

Dr. Provencher served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2004 to 2013 and was appointed The Director of the Sports Medicine and Surgery from 2007 to 2013. As the Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Navy Seal Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7, he was instrumental in setting up the Special Forces Tactical Athlete Program (TAP) – a comprehensive wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation program for Naval Special Forces. In addition to his orthopaedic duties, Dr. Provencher performed extensive Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HDR) work.  In this capacity, he served as the Director for Surgical Services (DSS) for five years on the USNS Mercy (TAH-19) and led the surgical team during Pacific Partnership 2012 – the largest Humanitarian and Civic Action in the Asia-Pacific region focused on building stronger relationships and improving disaster response capabilities with partner nations.  In this capacity, he led a 650-member medical-surgical team on a 5 country Disaster Relief training mission in the Asia Pacific region in both 2010 and 2012.

In 2012, Dr. Provencher then took on the positions of Chief of Sports Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Visiting Professor of Harvard Medical School, and Medical Director and Head Team Physician for The New England Patriots football team. He was the Medical Director and Head Team Physician of the Patriots during the 2014 Super Bowl Championship season and pioneered a wellness and injury prevention program for the team.  He also serves as a 2nd opinion orthopaedist for the NFL, MLB, and the NHL.   In addition to these positions, he also acted as an assistant team physician for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Following his time at MGH, Dr. Provencher began his orthopaedic duties at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in March 2016.  Since then, Dr. Provencher has additionally taken on the role of Chairman of the VailHealth IRB (Institutional Review Board).  In addition, he is the Co-Director of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) Sports Fellowship and Designated Institutional Officer (DIO), and serves as Team Physician for the United States Ski Team. In 2021, Dr. Provencher also pursued his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Purdue University Global and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta National Business Administration Honors Society.   He was also inducted into the Military Honor Society for academics.

Dr. Provencher remains a recognized leader and has positioned himself at the forefront of academics in the field of orthopedics. In 2010, he was elected to the prestigious Herodicus Society in 2010, which identifies excellence in Orthopaedic Sports Surgery.  One of his most humbling achievements was when Dr. Provencher was honored with the Colonel Brian Allgood Award in 2016 which is the most significant leadership award given by the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS).  Brian Allgood was an Army orthopaedic surgeon who was killed in action but celebrated for his selfless leadership. His dedication to academics remains prevalent, as he was nominated to The Board of Directors for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) (2015-Present), AANA (Arthroscopy Association of North America (2015-Present), SOMOS (Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons) (2019-Present), the AOSSM Research Committee Chair (2015-Present), the AOSSM Chair of the Fellowship Committee (2021-Present), and served as the Exhibits Chairman for the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). Dr. Provencher also serves on numerous national and international committees and was the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) 2014 Program Director as well as the Co-Director of the San Diego Shoulder Institute Annual Meeting (2013-2015).  In 2020, he was appointed the Chairman of the AAOS Annual Meeting Committee which serves to coordinate a 25,000-person AAOS Annual Meeting.  In addition, he has served as Program Director for the AOSSM 2018-2019 meetings, and Chairman of the AANA Education Committee, and Program Chairman of ASES (2022-Present).  Dr. Provencher remains active in the publishing leadership realm as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Arthroscopy from 2012-2018  He is an active member of AANA, AOSSM, ISAKOS, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).

Dr. Provencher was recently named the Healio Honoree Exemplary Healthcare Professional in 2021, 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 Orthopaedics Today.  He is also recognized by Becker’s Orthopaedics as “One of 59 Great Orthopaedic Surgeons”.  He has given over 800 peer-reviewed and invited national and international presentations in the realm of sports medicine and leadership.  He has also published 410 peer-reviewed publications and has written 8 textbooks. As President and CEO of Proven Performance Technology (PPT), he was recently named as Chief Injury and Performance Analyst for FoxSports, where he and his team provide injury and performance insights in the realm of professional and collegiate sports.  He continues his duties in the Navy as a Reservist and was most recently assigned to Navy Seal Team 17 in Coronado, CA.  Dr. Provencher resides in Edwards, CO with his wife and four children.

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 by Sophie Audette
More than promised and beyond my hopes

September 3rd marked the 4 month anniversary after Dr. Provencher gave me a new lease on life through Total Shoulder Arthroscopy Replacement. My rotator cuff was gone and short stopped what had been an active life with two German Shepherds, horseback riding, and swimming,. Worse, I could not sleep due to constant pain.

After receiving two surgical recommendations that included multiple surgeries spanning years came with no promise of improvement (I was told I was a poor surgical candidate), I wa despondent. Dr, Provencher, however, recommended single surgery (TSA) that would be performed outpatient, promised virtually pain free recovery, and after PT, he expected me to ride my horse and swim backstroke.

He spoke truth! Not only do I swim, but I have begun riding again. If you are tired of living a compromised life, I heartily recommend the extremely talented Dr. Provencher and his awesome team to surgically repair your body so you can reclaim and change your live.

 by Conrad Hool
Excellent results!

After many years of great discomfort and rotator cuff surgery on each of my shoulders, I consulted Dr. Provencher after hearing so many good things about him from friends here in Santa Fe, NM. He suggested a full reverse replacement on my right shoulder before my left one. It has now been just over two months and the results have been fantastic! I am so pleased with Dr. Provencher, his wonderful staff and the Vail Hospital. Thank you Captain, you are truly the best of the best! Conrad Hool, film producer

 by Lu Warner
Total reversre shoulder

I have been living with a destroyed shoulder for over 40 years. Matthew and his team did an amazing and professional job from the first appointment to the follow up after surgery. The results were amazing. Almost zero post op pain (no opiates) and a very quick rehab. Back on the bike in 8 weeks with more mobility and strength than I have had in a long, long time. I would highly recommend Matthew and his team to anyone with serious shoulder problems. Thank you all.

 by John Rhodes
Mountain biking 51 days after shoulder replacement

Dr. Provencher did a complete reverse shoulder arthroplasty on my left shoulder after a diagnosis of severe osteoarthritis.

Though I have not yet completely recovered at 51 days after surgery, I have recovered faster than expected. I can do almost all of my daily activities using the affected arm. I was able to go mountain biking again on easy trails.

I am no famous athlete. I'm just a 69 year old guy.

My experience with Dr.Provencher, Steadman Clinic and Vail Health was exceptional. I have recommended him and his team at Steadman Clinic to others. Thank you all at Steadman!

 by Anne Miller
With gratitude for Dr Provencher and his team

Dr Provencher and his whole team are second to none. He and his team really listen and take care in what matters to me as a patient. When I decided to go ahead with the reverse shoulder replacement, he spoke with me about what to expect and in the end, my condition created a bit of a challenge as I did not know I had osteopenia in my arm bone. He knew just what to do to make this work and all went well with little pain after surgery. I am so fortunate to have been with an innovative surgeon who cares about my resuming athletics even at my age.

And recently my partner fell playing tennis and hurt his shoulder. We were unable to see a doctor where we live for 2 weeks so we called Dr Provencher’s office and Robin and Katie responded immediately with an appt in 2 days. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the rest of the team as well – Sam, Tyler, Scott, Robin, Katie and more. No reason to even think of anyone or anywhere else.

 by Andrew Beard
Excellent Care

I first met Dr. Provencher when I was experiencing right shoulder pain after weight lifting. He quickly diagnosed the problem and we decided that surgery was the proper course. The surgery went great and I had almost zero post-operative pain. He sent a video message to me after the surgery detailing his findings and his expected outcomes. I was so touched that he took the time to do this and it added a personal touch to an already excellent experience. As an internal medicine provider myself, I have been on the other side of health care for many years, and I cannot think of a more positive experience than the one I had with Dr. Provencher. Thank you so much to the whole team at Steadman. I will be referring my orthopedic patients to you based off of the wonderful care that I received. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 by Carol Ponton
Dr. Provencher and the Steadman Clinic

Dr. Provencher is not only one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world, he is at the forefront of the invention and creation of the new orthopedic treatments used world wide. Athletes from around the world come to him for treatment in order regain their ability to compete on an Olympic or Professional level. There is a reason that star football players, golfers, skiers etc come to him for treatment. I was lucky enough to find him when I needed an operation on my arm. In a bicycle accident, I had lost the use of my dominant arm. Dr. Provencher operated on me with a special surgery that he had help perfect. I now have complete use of my arm and my life back. If you are facing surgery make sure you have the best person operating on you and for my money it is Dr. Provencher.

 by Will Steck
Complex Shoulder Surgery Success

Dr. Provencher and his entire team are the epitome of what healthcare professionals should aspire to be. Throughout my entire experience, I could feel their empathy, I could hear and see their expertise, and I was treated like family. There is no better complex shoulder, knee, and sports surgeon in the world. My story:

As a former competitive hockey player, I've had my fair share of injuries - specifically on my right shoulder. During my career, I suffered a severe injury to my right shoulder causing not only a collarbone break, but also causing instability in my shoulder joint and my sternoclavicular joint. From there, the wear and tear from continued play created more issues relating to chronic subluxation and dislocation, bone loss, arthritis, and tissue damage. Needless to say I was a mess - and this is wear Dr. Provencher and his outstanding team stepped in.

I have been a patient of Dr. Provencher's for 5 years. He performed the first of two complex shoulder stabilization surgeries on me in 2017, to address the issues in my shoulder joint. As the issues with my sternoclavicular joint grew worse (since I elected not to have surgery on it, although recommended), he then performed a complex "SC" stabilization in 2021 - my second and final repair. Both surgeries were a complete and total success and Dr. Provencher has given me a huge part of my life back.

For years, I coped with acute arm and shoulder pain. I was unable to do the things I loved most: golf, tennis, swim, even work, and most importantly, play and coach hockey. They were some of the most down years of my life. Dr. Provencher, Tyler, Scott, Robin, Katie, Sam, Erica, Zach, and more, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 by Dillon Jay
Knee Surgery Skiing

Dr Provencher and his team are absolutely world class. I fly fighter jets professionally, and my personal life is full of outdoor athletic endeavours to include daily workouts, runs, hikes, biking, and my favorite hobby, 30 plus days per winter of downhill and backcountry skiing. So, when I tore my ACL, MCL, and Meniscus on the slopes last winter it was pretty tough to be unable to do my job or favorite pastimes. I researched for a while, and every medical professional that I talked to recommended Dr Provencher. I could not be happier with my experience. From my first appointments, to my surgery, to all my follow up calls and appointments, Dr Provencher and his team have gone above and beyond to provide me with the best surgery and care that I could have possibly asked for. My knee feels very strong, and my PT is very happy with the strength and flexibility that I have achieved thus far. I am flying again, and I plan to be back on the mountain skiing this winter. I would enthusiastically recommend surgery from Dr Provencher if you get injured living an athletic lifestyle and want to return to sports better and stronger than you were before you got injured!

 by Phil Migicovsky
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.

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