April Featured Author


Matthew J. Matava, MD
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

From the April Issue: Inter- and Intraobserver Reliability in the MRI Measurement of the Tibial Tubercle–Trochlear Groove Distance and Trochlea Dysplasia 

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Matava discuss his article in the April issue.


Matthew J. Matava, M.D. is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Therapy and is Chief of Sports Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as the Head Team Physician and Medical Director for the St. Louis Rams, a team he has worked with for over 14 years.

Dr. Matava, a highly respected orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in ligament injuries of the knee, articular cartilage restoration, pediatric knee disorders, meniscal transplantation; and athletic injuries of the shoulder, including instability and rotator cuff issues, was recently recognized by Orthopedics This Week as one of the top 28 sports knee surgeons in the nation. Dr. Matava, also a team physician for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues for the past 17 years and Head Team Physician for the Washington University Athletics Department, has been listed in Best Doctors in America every year for the past decade. He is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and has held multiple leadership positions on a number of committees.

An active researcher and teacher, Dr. Matava has led or contributed to more than 110 publications in the orthopedic sports medicine community. Dr. Matava, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, did his internship and residency at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and completed his Fellowship at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Cincinnati, OH.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

Multirater Agreement of the Causes of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Failure: A Radiographic and Video Analysis of the MARS Cohort Am J Sports Med February 2015 43 310319; published online before print December 23, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0363546514560880

Effect of Graft Choice on the Outcome of Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) Cohort Am J Sports Med October 2014 42 23012310doi: 10.1177/0363546514549005

Correlation Between Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Clinical Outcomes After Knee Cartilage Repair: Letter to the Editor / Response Am J Sports Med November 2013 41 NP48NP50doi: 10.1177/0363546513510140

Correlation Between Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Clinical Outcomes After Cartilage Repair Surgery in the Knee: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Am J Sports Med June 2013 41 14261434; published online before printApril 30, 2013, doi: 10.1177/0363546513485931

Return to High School– and College-Level Football After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) Cohort Study Am J Sports Med November 2012 40 25232529; published online before print August 24, 2012, doi: 10.1177/0363546512456836

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