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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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!!
There are not enough good things I can say about Dr Provencher and his team at the Steadman Clinic. I suffered a complicated grade 5 AC separation with dislocation after being hit by a car as a pedestrian and after 3 failed surgeries I met with 8 surgeons to search for a way to fix my shoulder. I have a young child that I was unable to hold for nearly 2 years and I was desperate to find a solution so I traveled to Vail, CO from Texas to meet with Dr Provencher. He provided us with a solution that no other surgeon even mentioned with an upbeat attitude and precise plan. My repair had slim odds of being successful given the 3 prior failures and Dr Provencher was able to fix my shoulder, as promised! He and his staff tracked nutrition (including vitamins to aid in my recovery), wound healing, physical therapy and even checked in with my mental well being during the process. The facility is state of the art and the team is very responsive. I strongly recommend Dr Provencher to anyone I meet requiring orthopedic surgery and I know there are many people that are living their lives much more comfortably and actively because of his level of skill. Forever grateful!
My husband had an injury while skiing and My husband had an injury while skiing, (torn ACL), but luckily we were in Vail and made an appointment with Dr. Provencher. The efficacy and responsiveness of his team is 10/10. He saw my husband, answered all our questions and helped us make the best decision. My husband is now 2 weeks post-op and the recovery is going as predicted. Thank you Dr. Provencher!
Dr. Provencher and his team completed my rotator cuff surgery very soon after my initial contact with the Steadman Clinic. I was amazed and grateful that I was able to have Dr. Provencher, a world-class Orthopedic Surgeon and a very caring gentleman do my surgery. Dr. Provencher set me at ease immediately upon my pre-operative visit. He explained exactly and succinctly what the surgery and post-operative care would involve, and he did it in a manner that gained my total confidence in him and his staff. Dr. Provencher and his team are extremely talented, helpful and caring, this becomes obvious when you meet them. It was an absolute privilege to have such a phenomenal team of skilled people complete my surgery and post-operative follow-up care at the Steadman Clinic. I am extremely pleased with the results of my surgery, which was done 8 weeks ago. I am doing physical therapy to regain complete range of motion and strength in my arm as I look forward to returning to hiking the Colorado high country, skiing and returning to the gym. My most sincere thank you to Dr. Provencher and his very talented staff for making my return to these sports possible.
Dr. Proverncher is an absolute asset to our community. We are so fortunate to have such an outstanding doctor in our mist. Not only is he tremendous at what he does, he has a caring heart. His bed side manner makes you feel as important as Tom Brady 🙂
Thank you Doc for treating both of my knees. I am so grateful to you and your team!
I came to the Steadman Clinic with horrible shoulder instability. I had already had surgery on that shoulder 3 years prior. It was still dislocating during daily activities. Dr. Provencher performed the Laterjet procedure to correct this. I am now 9 weeks out of surgery and have great range of motion and a very stable shoulder. I will be back to my regular activities of snowboarding, surfing and climbing in no time. I cannot express how grateful I am to Dr. Provencher and his team. The entire process from start to finish was flawless. Thank you team for giving me my lifestyle back.
Dr. Provencher is phenomenal. He’s extremely smart, compassionate, and cares deeply about patients. I’d highly recommend him to anyone and o experienced the best care possible from Dr Provencher and his wonderful team.
I had a complex shoulder injury which required a surgeon with impeccable skills. I’m from the PNW and couldn’t find a dr who could perform this procedure. The moment I arrived at the steadman clinic I was treated like I was family from Dr. Provencher and his amazing staff. I can’t say enough “thank you’s“ to Doc for fixing my shoulder and allowing me to have a quality of life I was hoping for.
Dr. Provencher saw me the day following a ski accident. I was so fortunate to have been seen by him and his entire team. There could not have been a more perfect flow of events from my initial exam to my scans and surgery. They treated me as thought I was the most important patient they had. I am so grateful that such a skilled surgeon with such an impressive background of experience was available to an average person such as myself. Not only did I receive the best possible care available, I felt that he and his PA, Sam DelNegro, had the best bed side manner of any physicians I have ever met. I thank God that I was fortunate enough to have them treat me and I look forward to my follow-ups with them as I continue my recovery. They are so wonderful that I have decided to forgo having follow-ups with a local doctor in Nashville, and I will simply return to the Steadman Clinic to see Dr. Provencher and his team.