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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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!
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.
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!
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.
I was lucky that Dr. Provencher was on call Saturday, January 5th when I came in with a spiral fracture of my tibia/fibula from a skiing accident. His care was top notch and the entire experience at the Steadman Clinic was incredible. I was worried that this fracture would not allow me to participate in a Troop/family trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in July for a 12 day backpacking trip. I am happy to report we just returned from the trip and my leg didn't slow me down a bit. Thank you Dr. Provencher for your excellent care.
I just had my second knee surgery (different knee) within a year with Dr Provencher and his team, and the experience was as comfortable and comforting as the last time. Dr Provencher took the time to understand what type of activity matters to me and and came up with the plan to help me regain it. Everyone on the Provencher team is very friendly, helpful, and happy to answer any question. In addition, the surgical staff at both the Edwards and Vail clinics is not only very professional, but also a pleasure to interact with. Last year’s knee surgery (clean up of arthritic debris and frazzled meniscus, PRP) gave me back a fully functioning knee. This recent one, on the other knee, should stave off the need for a new joint for a few years. I join a very long list of people fully trusting Dr Provencher with their knee issues.
Had shoulder replacement in Feb of 2018. What a great job Dr. Provencher done.
A year later I am throwing a football, baseball and basketball with my grandchildren
Shoulder never felt better.
had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder which I damaged severely. Dr. Provencher was very thorough, informative and professional during the entire process. My surgery went perfect due to his skills and professional manner. I feel that I had one of the top surgeons in the nation that did my surgery, couldn't be more pleased!!!!
I suffered a series of shoulder injuries while participating in sports activities over a one year period. I have been very active my entire life, 71 years, and finally had to admit that I may have a serious injury to my right shoulder. I had an MRI and then visited two sports medicine doctors in my home state. Both of them confirmed the injuries but were reluctant to operate due to my age.I called the Steadman Clinic and saw Dr. Proventcher that same week. He explained in great detail what needed to be done to restore me to an active lifestyle. Now, seven months after repairing three torn rotator cuff tendons and a severed bicep tendon, I have full range of motion and no pain. I'm back on the golf course, bowling 3 days a week.and playing volleyball. Dr. Proventcher and his wonderful team have given me a new lease on life!
I was one with considerable apprehension regarding shoulder surgery. I had put it off for nearly 4 years and was to the point I was virtually out of options except for my choice of surgeon. The deterioration and pain in my shoulder was getting extreme. Being 77 years old I didn’t want just any surgeon and was terrified at the thought of having to have an additional surgery if anything went wrong! Shoulders can get even more complicated when surgery has been delayed.
I could not have made a BETTER CHOICE than Dr. Provencher! Of course I had wanted a straight shoulder replacement surgery since a “reverse shoulder” replacement was even scarier to me! He very carefully and compassionately articulated the rationale he used and the options available to me. Thankfully, I chose the procedure he recommended to me. I am now 7 weeks post surgery and feel like “I have my arm back”! No pain beyond the temporary pain from physical therapy and an ever increasing range of motion that amazes even me! In fact, my pain was minimal and very well controlled throughout! Doctor Provencher and his staff were uniformly warm, friendly, thorough, efficient and exceptionally competent. I would rate them at least a “10” out of “5” if I could! My heartfelt THANKS to all!
I’m hoping my next trip to Vail will be to SKI!!