January Featured Author


Captain (Select) Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MC USNR
Shoulder, Knee, and Sports Surgery, The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute
Edwards, Colorado

From the January issue: Surgical Release of the Pectoralis Minor Tendon for Scapular Dyskinesia and Shoulder Pain

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Provencher discuss his article in the January issue.


Captain (Select) Matthew T. Provencher, MD MC US, a native of Barrington, New Hampshire went to Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire and then attended the United States Naval Academy, where he was appointed the Deputy Brigade Commander (Second in command), graduated with Distinction (Highest Honors) with a Major in Electrical Engineering, and was Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate. He was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (The National Honor Society), Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society), and Sigma Pi Sigma (The National Physics Honor Society). He was also a 4-year varsity oarsman and First-Team All-American at Navy, and named Most Valuable Oarsman. He completed his medical education at Dartmouth Medical School where he graduated with honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Provencher completed his orthopaedic residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and his orthopaedic shoulder knee and sports surgery fellowship at Rush University.  A prolific researcher, he has received numerous academic and research awards including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Science Award; the ISAKOS Richard Caspari Award; and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Aircast Research Award. He was also selected for several prestigious traveling fellowships, including the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) John Fahey North American Traveling Fellowship, the American-British-Canadian (ABC) Fellowship, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Traveling Fellowship. In addition, he has received several peer-reviewed research grants totaling over $1.5 million to study topics such as shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, and ACL tears from funding agencies including OREF, PRORP, and The Departments of the Army and Navy.

CAPT (Sel.) Provencher served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2004 to 2013, and was Director of the Sports Medicine and Surgery Program from 2007 to 2013. As the Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Navy Seal Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7, he was also instrumental in setting up the Special Forces Tactical Athlete Program – a comprehensive wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation program for Naval Special Forces. In addition to his orthopaedic duties, CAPT(Sel.) Provencher performed extensive Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HDR) work.  In this capacity, he served as the Director for Surgical Services (DSS) for three years on the USNS Mercy (TAH-19) and was the surgical leader (DSS) during Pacific Partnership 2012 – the largest Humanitarian and Civic Action in the Asia-Pacific region focused on building stronger relationships and building disaster response capabilities with partner nations.  In this capacity, he led a 500-member medical-surgical team on a 5 country Disaster Relief training mission in the Asia Pacific region in 2010 and 2012.

In 2012, Dr. Provencher then took on the positions of Chief of Sports Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Visiting Professor of Harvard Medical School, and Medical Director and Head Team Physician for The New England Patriots football team. He was the Medical Director of the Patriots during the 2014 Super Bowl Championship season. In addition to these positions, he also acted as an assistant team physician for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Following his time at MGH, Dr. Provencher began his orthopaedic duties at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in March 2016. For his academic achievements in the realm of Sports Medicine and Surgery he was elected into the prestigious Herodicus Society in 2010, which identifies excellence in Orthopaedic Sports Surgery.  He was also nominated to The Board of Directors for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) from 2011-2013.  He serves on numerous national and international committees and was the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) 2014 Program Director as well as the Co-Director of the San Diego Shoulder Institute Annual Meeting. Dr. Provencher remains active in the publishing leadership realm as the Assistant Editor in Chief of The Arthroscopy Journal. He is an active member of Arthroscopy Association of AANA, AOSSM, ISAKOS, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).

Dr. Provencher was recently named one of the Top 28 Shoulder Surgeons in the United States and also one of the Top 28 Knee Surgeons in the United States by Orthopaedics Today, and is recognized by Becker’s Orthopaedics as “One of 59 Great Orthopaedic Surgeons”. His research includes over 165 peer-reviewed publications and articles, 148 chapters, and has authored 5 textbooks. He continues his duties in the Navy as a Reservist. Dr. Provencher resides in Edwards, CO with his wife and four children.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

Arciero RA, Parrino A, Bernhardson AS, Provencher MT, et al. The effect of a combined glenoid and Hill-Sachs defect on glenohumeral stability: a biomechanical cadaveric study using 3-dimensional modeling of 142 patients. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2015; 43(6):1422-1429. doi:10.1177/0363546515574677.

Bernhardson AS, Bailey JR, Solomon DJ, Stanley M, Provencher MT. Glenoid bone loss in the setting of an anterior labroligamentous periosteal sleeve avulsion tear. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42(9):2136-2140. doi:10.1177/0363546514539912.

Bhatia S, Van Thiel GS, Gupta D, Provencher MT, et al. Comparison of glenohumeral contact pressures and contact areas after glenoid reconstruction with latarjet or distal tibial osteochondral allografts. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013; 41(8):1900-1908. doi:10.1177/0363546513490646.

Frank RM, Mall NA, Gupta D, Provencher MT, et al. Inferior suture anchor placement during arthroscopic Bankart repair: influence of portal placement and curved drill guide. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42(5):1182-1189. doi:10.1177/0363546514523722.

Frank RM, Shin J, Saccomanno MF, Provencher MT, et al. Comparison of glenohumeral contact pressures and contact areas after posterior glenoid reconstruction with an iliac crest bone graft or distal tibial osteochondral allograft. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42(11):2574-2582. doi:10.1177/0363546514545860.

McCormick F, Nwachukwu BU, Solomon D, Provencher MT, et al. The efficacy of biceps tenodesis in the treatment of failed superior labral anterior posterior repairs. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42(4):820-825. doi:10.1177/0363546513520122.

McNeil JW, Beaulieu-Jones BR, Bernhardson AS, Provencher MT, et al. Classification and Analysis of Attritional Glenoid Bone Loss in Recurrent Anterior Shoulder Instability. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Published online first before print December 2016. doi:10.1177/0363546516677736.

Mologne TS, Cory E, Hansen BC, Provencher MT, et al. Osteochondral allograft transplant to the medial femoral condyle using a medial or lateral femoral condyle allograft: is there a difference in graft sources? The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42(9):2205-2213. doi:10.1177/0363546514540446.

Provencher MT, McCormick F, Dewing C, McIntire S, Solomon D. A prospective analysis of 179 type 2 superior labrum anterior and posterior repairs: outcomes and factors associated with success and failure. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013; 41(4):880-886. doi:10.1177/0363546513477363.

Waltz RA, Solomon DJ, Provencher MT. A Radiographic Assessment of Failed Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Can Magnetic Resonance Imaging Predict Graft Integrity? The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 42(7):1652-1660. doi:10.1177/0363546514532335.

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