Sports Medicine Fellowship

Sports Medicine Faculty:

Matthew Matava, MD
Program Director

Robert Brophy, MD 

Mark Halstead, MD


Derrick Knapik, MD

Matthew Smith, MD

LENGTH: 1 Year (August 1 through July 31)
STIPEND: PGY-6 level
View the Fellowship Handbook 


Clinical Excellence: Fellows can anticipate 50% of time being spent in the OR and 50% of time spent in clinical activities. The practice currently sees over 20,000 outpatient visits per year. On average, over 2900 surgical cases are performed annually by the sports medicine service. 

Surgeries performed include:

  • Ligament reconstruction of the knee
  • Cartilage restoration of the knee
  • Patellofemoral reconstruction
  • Meniscal transplantation
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Labral repair
  • Open and arthroscopic shoulder instability surgery
  • Knee and shoulder arthroplasty
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Ligament reconstruction of the elbow
  • Hip arthroscopy/reconstruction
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Sports-related foot and ankle surgery
  • Pediatric sports medicine


Advanced Team Care: Medical care of athletic teams includes care of the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team, St. Louis SC soccer team, Washington University athletic teams, Lindenwood University athletic teams, and teams from local high schools around the St. Louis area.

Comprehensive Education: The mentoring component assures that you have one-to-one experience with our faculty during your education. Your schedule will consist of eight, 6-week rotation blocks.  There will be a 6 week rotation with the shoulder and elbow service under the guidance of Dr. Jay Keener. The fellow will be exposed to prosthetic reconstruction, primary and revision arthroscopic rotation cuff repair, tendon transfers and advanced fracture care of the shoulder and elbow. There will also be a 4-6 week rotation with the Young Adult Hip Service under the guidance of Drs. John Clohisy, Ryan Nunley, and Jeffrey Nepple. The fellow will be exposed to primary and revision arthroscopic labral repair, femoral and acetabular osteotomies, and prosthetic reconstruction. The didactic component includes Core curriculum and sports medicine service conferences as well as Journal Club conferences to reinforce your learning experience. The fellow's education is enhanced by weekly arthroscopic cadaveric lab dissections covering a set curriculum of relevant arthroscopic surgical procedures.

Focused Research: Faculty members within the department conduct both clinical and basic science research projects. Many projects are funded through research grants sponsored by the NIH, OREF, Barnes-Jewish Hospital or private industry. As part of the fellowship, the fellow is required to participate in one research project that results in publication during the fellowship. As one of the three components of our mission as an academic health care leader, many chances for the fellow to participate in research endeavors. To view current research our faculty members are conducting, please visit their individual biography pages with the links above. 


Clinical Experience: Fellows can anticipate 50% of time being spent in the OR and 50% of time spent in clinical activities. The practice currently sees over 25,000 outpatient visits per year. On average, over 2000 surgical cases are performed annually by the sports medicine service.


  • Compensation is based on the PGY-6 pay scale level of Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • 15 working days of vacation time
  • Meeting allowance
  • One week of time away to attend a CME course. (The fellow is generally expected to attend AAOS and AOSSM.)
  • As an ACGME-accredited fellowship program sponsored by the GME consortium, please refer to the website maintained by the GME for further information on fellows' benefits.


  • The Washington University Sports Medicine Fellowship participates in the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Match sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) under the auspices of the San Francisco (SF) Residency and Fellowship Matching Services. All applications are accepted through the SF Match. Complete information and registration can be found at We do not request any supplemental material other than what the SF Match application requires.
  • The applicant must have completed his/her orthopaedic residency training. The fellow is a member of the orthopaedic surgery faculty at Washington University School of Medicine with an appointment as an Instructor. All fellows within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery must be eligible for work within the United States as well as a permanent Missouri medical license, BNDD and DEA. For questions regarding eligibility for a permanent Missouri medical license, please contact the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts at (573) 751-0098 or visit their website prior to submitting your application.

For further information, please contact:

Kelly Thies, Sports Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Campus Box 8233-0545-02
14532 South Outer Forty Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017
[email protected]


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