Matthew Matava

Matthew Matava, MD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Physical Therapy

Chief, Sports Medicine

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Dr. Matava specializes in sports related injuries in adults and children. Special interests include ligament injuries of the knee, articular cartilage restoration, meniscal transplantation; athletic injuries of the shoulder including instability and rotator cuff issues; and pediatric knee disorders

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Running injuries
  • Sports-related conditions of the knee, shoulder, and ankle
  • Sports-related fractures

Common Procedures

  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
  • Articular cartilage restoration including Carticel autologous chondrocyte implantation
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Knee ligament reconstruction
  • Meniscus repair and transplantation
  • Rotator cuff repair

Clinical Office Locations

  • Washington University Orthopedics / Chesterfield

    14532 S. Outer Forty Drive

    Chesterfield, MO 63017

Hospital Affiliations

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Veteran Affairs Medical Center (John Cochran)
  • Washington University Orthopedics & Barnes-Jewish Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Center

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    14532 South Outer Forty Dr.

    Chesterfield, MO 63017

  • Brophy RH, Haas Ak, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK; MARS Group, Rick Wright.  Association of meniscal status, lower extremity alignment, and body mass index with Chondrosis at revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.   Am J Sports Med 43(7):1616-1622, 2015.
  • Miller DJ, Smith MV, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Microfracture and osteochondral autograft transplantation are cost-effective treatments for articular cartilage lesions of the distal femur. Am J Sports Med 43(9):2175-2181, 2015.
  • Kaeding CC, Pedroza AD, Reinke EK, Huston LJ; MOON Consortium, Spindler KP.  Risk Factors and Predictors of Subsequent ACL Injury in Either Knee After ACL Reconstruction: Prospective Analysis of 2488 Primary ACL Reconstructions From the MOON Cohort.  Am J Sports Med 43(7):1583-1590, 2015.
  • Lynch TS, Parker RD, Patel RM, Andrish JT, MOON Group, Spindler KP, Amendola A, Brophy RH, Dunn WR, Flanigan DC, Huston LJ, Jones MH, Kaeding CC, Marx RG, Matava MJ, McCarty EC, Pedroza AD, Reinke EK, Wolf BR, Wright RW.  The impact of the multicenter orthopaedic outcomes network (MOON) research on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and orthopaedic practice.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg 23(3)154-163, 2015.
  • Friedman MV, Park A, Bumpass D, Jennings JW, Matava MJ. Percutaneous Discal Cyst Rupture in a Professional Football Player Using Sublaminar Epidural Injection for Thecal Sac Displacement. J Vasc Interv Radiol.  26:75-78, 2015.
  • Matava MJ, Arciero RA, Baumgarten KM, Carey JL, DeBarardino TM, Hame SL,    Hannafin JA, Miller BS, Nissen CW, Taft TN, Wolf BR, Wright RW, MARS Group.    Multirater agreement of the causes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction failure:  A radiographic and video analysis of the MARS cohort.  Am J Sports Med. 43:310-9, 2015.
  • Skelley N, Friedman M, McGinnis M, Smith C, Hillen T, and Matava M.  Inter- and Intraobserver Reliability in the MRI Measurement of the Tibial Tubercle-Trochlear Groove Distance and Trochlea Dysplasia.  Am J Sports Med. 43:873-8, 2015Bishop JY, Jones GL, Lewis B, Pedroza AD; MOON Shoulder Group. Intraobserver and interobserver agreement in the classification and treatment of distal third clavicle fractures. Am J Sports Med. 43:979-84, 2015.
  • Brophy RH, Gefen AM, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Smith MV.  Understanding of meniscus injury and expectations of meniscus surgery in patients presenting for orthopaedic care.  Arthroscopy 31(12):2295-2300, 2015.
  • Mitchell R, Pitts R, Kim Y-M, Matava M: Medial Meniscal Root Avulsion: A Biomechanical Comparison of 4 Different Repair Constructs. Arthroscopy 32(1):111-119, 2016.
  • Matava M: Ethical Considerations for Analgesic Use in Sports Medicine. Clinics in Sports Medicine 35(2):227-243, 2015.
  • Matava M, Görtz S: The University of the NFL: How Technology, Injury Surveillance, and Healthcare have improved the Safety of America’s Game.  J Knee Surg, 29:370-378, 2016.
  • Matava M.  Ref.:  Ms. No. ARTH-16-408  Editorial Commentary on 15-783 Rossi: Arthroscopic Transtendon Repair of Partial-Thickness Articular-Side Rotator Cuff Tears: Your Surgical 'Tool Box' Just Got a Little Bit Bigger Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.
  • Magnussen RA, Reinke EK, Huston LJ, MOON Group, Hewett TE, Spindler KP.  Arthroscopy pii: S0749-8063(15)00893-2. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2015.11.018, 2016.
    Lamplot JD, Mataav MM.  Thigh Injuries in American Football. The American Journal of Orthopedics, E308-E318, 2016.

Research Interests

Knee ligament injuries; knee meniscal repair; articular cartilage restoration

Current Research

MOON (Multi-center Orthopaedic Outcome Network) a multi-center sports medicine group studying knee ACL injuries with a prospective data base

MARS (Multi-center ACL Reconstruction Study) a multi-center sports medicine group studying knee ACL revision surgeries

Clinical Interests

Sports related injuries in adults and children. Special interests include ligament injuries of the knee, articular cartilage restoration, meniscal transplantation; athletic injuries of the shoulder including instability and rotator cuff issues; and pediatric knee disorders

Background

Fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery; Recipient of several research awards from Emory University; Member of Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society; Head team physician for the Washington University Athletic Department; Team physician for the St. Louis Blues.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1996;
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Recertification, 2007-2016;
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Subspecialty, 2007-2017

Medical Degree

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City

Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals

Fellowship

  • Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery, Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center

Milestones

Team Physician St. Louis Blues, Head Team Physician Washington University in St. Louis Athletic Department 

President of the National Football League (NFL) Physician Society, 2013

Palma Chironis Award for Excellence in Teaching, Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2012

Publications Committee Chair, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Research Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ethics Committee, 2008

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Chair, Public Relations Committee, 2008

Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2005-present 

Sports Medicine Evaluation Subcommittee, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2004

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Missouri State Delegate, 2003

Written Examination Field Test Task Force, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2003

Sports Medicine and Hockey, A Summit for the NHL and Beyond, Toronto, Canada, Course Chairman 2001 and 2004

Fingers To Toes Orthopaedic Review for Primary Health Care Providers, Course Chairman 1996-2004

Honors and Awards:

  • Elected President of the National Football League (NFL) Physician Society, 2013;
  • Palma Chironis Award for Excellence in Teaching, Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2012;
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2010;
  • Herodicus Society Member, 2009;
  • Leadership Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2008-2009;
  • Journal of Knee Surgery Reviewer of the Year, 2007;
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2005-present;
  • Clinical Teacher of the Year, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001
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Dr. Matava’s Office Locations

Washington University Orthopedics – Chesterfield

14532 S. Outer Forty Drive

Chesterfield, MO 63017

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