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Matthew Matava, MD, Chief of Service
Dr. Matava serves as the head team physician for Washington University Athletics. He is also a team physician for the St. Louis Blues hockey team. Dr. Matava is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and the Chief of the Sports Medicine service. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1987 and served a residency in orthopedic surgery at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, GA. In 1994, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. Dr. Matava has been listed in Best Doctors in America and specializes in knee ligament reconstruction, including revision and multi-ligament reconstruction; meniscal allograft implantation; adolescent sports medicine; and runners' injuries.

Ljiljana Bogunovic, MD
Dr. Bogunovic is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. After completing a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, she then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Rush Orthopedics in Chicago, IL. After completing her Sports Medicine fellowship, Dr. Bogunovic received additional training with national and international experts in Foot and Ankle Surgery. This mini-traveling fellowship concentrated on the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries of the foot and ankle, which is a special focus in both her clinical and academic practices. Dr. Bogunovic's practice centers on sports-related injuries of the shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle in adolescents and adults, and she has a special interest in women's sports medicine.

Robert Brophy, MD

Dr. Brophy is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and serves as an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in 2001, he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY, where he worked with the New York Giants and Red Bulls. His clinical interests include ACL reconstruction, PCL reconstruction, meniscus repairs and transplantation, and cartilage repair surgery such as OAT and osteochondral allograft as well as shoulder stabilization, labral repair and rotator cuff repair. He is on the Musculoskeletal Research Committee for the National Football League (NFL) and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. A former professional soccer player, he has a special interest in the treatment and prevention of injuries in soccer athletes.

Kelly Estes, MD, MPH
Dr. Estes is an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She has clinical interests in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, non-operative management of sports-related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions, care of the female athlete and pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems, soccer injuries and the care of multi-sport athletes (duathletes, triathletes). Dr. Estes received her medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and a master's degree in public health, also from Wright State University in the School of Graduate Studies. After completing a residency and chief residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia, she completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at The Ohio State University. 

Mark Halstead, MD
Dr. Halstead is board-certified in both sports medicine and pediatrics and serves as an Associate Professor in Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Washington University and St. Louis Children's Young Athlete Center. His areas of clinical interest include musculoskeletal and medical problems related to sports in pediatric, adolescent and adult athletes, as well as management of concussions and treatment of overuse and acute injuries in runners; knee ligament injuries; shoulder and elbow problems resulting from throwing injuries or misuse; stress fractures in the athlete; and asthma care for athletes. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, WI in 1998 and served a residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital. He completed his fellowship training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr Halstead serves as a team physician for the Washington University athletic teams, as well as team physician for Lafayette High School Athletic Teams.  He is a Medical Consultant for the St. Louis Blues hockey team.

Jeffrey Nepple, MD Jeffrey Nepple, MD
Dr. Nepple is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and the Director of the Washington University and St. Louis Children's Young Athlete Center. He specializes in both pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, and has clinical interests in adolescent and young adult hip disorders, including femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labral tears and slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) with a specific focus on minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for the treatment of hip disorders. Dr. Nepple also has clinical interests in pediatric and adolescent knee disorders, including osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, meniscal tears and patellar instability/dislocations. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He did a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, then went on to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Steadman Clinic/Steadman-Philippon Research Institute as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at Washington University School of Medicine.

Matthew Smith, MD
Dr. Smith is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and serves as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland- Case Western Reserve University. He completed fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Smith’s practice centers on sports injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee and hip. He has a special interest in shoulder and elbow injuries including shoulder instability surgery, shoulder trauma, rotator cuff surgery, and elbow ligament and cartilage injuries in the throwing athlete. His research interests include clinical outcomes in shoulder and elbow surgery, the scientific basis for rotator cuff disease and repair, and hip surgery in the athletic population. Dr. Smith sees patients at the Chesterfield Outpatient Orthopedic Center. Dr. Smith is a team physician for the St. Louis Blues hockey team.

Rick Wright, MD, Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Wright is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and serves as the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program Director. Recognized for his sports medicine expertise, Dr. Wright serves as the head team physician for the St. Louis Blues hockey team. Dr. Wright earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1988. Following a residency in orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center in 1999. His special interests include knee ACL and revision ACL injuries, meniscus injuries, articular cartilage injuries of the knee and shoulder instability, and rotator cuff disease.

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