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John Metzler, MD

John Metzler, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology
PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director

Clinical Specialty
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine

Clinical Interests
Dr. Metzler's clinical practice consists of evaluation and management of all musculoskeletal disorders. He specializes in the conservative care of musculoskeletal injuries, with special interests in foot/ankle, hip/knee, therapeutic spine injections and manual medicine, and the use of electromyography to assess muscle and nerve responses. Special interests include sport related injuries to the shoulder, foot, and ankle.

Research Interests
The role of epidural cortisone and its effects on patient's injections in the management of lumbar disc disease and rotator cuff tears.

Dr. Metzler received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently an Assistant Professor for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Orthopedics at Washington University Medical School. He is a member of several national societies including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the Co-founder and Director of the Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the university and involved in medical student and resident education. Dr. Metzler has authored peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and book chapters on topics related to the musculoskeletal rehabilitation. His clinical interests include the conservative management of all musculoskeletal conditions with a special interest in foot, ankle and sports medicine. Dr. Metzler is trained in the diagnosis and conservative treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries of the spine and extremities.

Excellence in Teaching Award in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine 2006; Best Doctors in America 2007-present.

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pain Medicine; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sports Medicine

Medical Degree
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
Internship - Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston

Spine & Sports Medicine, Buffalo Spine & Sports Medicine, P.C.

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American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Accreditation Council for GME

American Academy of Pain Medicine

International Spinal Injection Society

American College of Sports Medicine


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