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Matthew A Pifer, MD

Matthew A. Pifer, MDShoulder, Knee Surgery, Sports Medicine & Biologic Treatments

Dr. Pifer is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques.  His practice provides care to recreational, high school, college, and professional athletes in the greater Santa Barbara area. 

He attended university on an NCAA Football scholarship at Ashland University in Ashland, OH. He was a 4 year starter and one of the top highest scorers in the school’s history as he doubled majored in Chemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Along with his Medical Degree, Dr. Pifer also has a Masters in surgical anatomy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He completed Orthopedic Residency at William Beaumont Hospital System in Royal Oak MI, and his Sports and Arthroscopy fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Pifer has authored articles, scientific papers, and book chapters on sports-related injuries and general orthopaedic topics. Throughout his career Dr. Pifer has received numerous awards and most recently selected by his physician peers as a Super Doctors Magazine “Rising Star” in California.

His practice not only includes the use of cutting edge surgical treatment, but also use of biologics such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells therapies to treat injuries and promote healing.

Dr. Pifer’s surgical expertise and innovative ideas have also led to collaborations with medical device companies to develop future surgical instruments and educate other Orthopaedic surgeons.

  • Orthopedic Surgical Practice of Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, CA

    July 2018 – Present

  • The Spine and Orthopedic Center

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Oct 2016 – June 2018

  • Orthopaedic Specialists of Wilkes (under Carolinas HealthCare System)

    Wilkesboro, NC

    July 2014 – Sept 2016

  • Fellowship Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ACGME Accredited)
    Kaiser Permanente Hospital Systems

    San Diego, CA

    2013-2014

  • Internship/Residency – Orthopaedic Surgery
    Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Royal Oak, MI

    2008-2013

  • Doctor of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Cleveland, OH

    2004-2008

  • Masters of Science in Applied Anatomy
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Cleveland, OH

    2002-2005

  • Bachelor of Science - Double Major in Biology & Chemistry
    Ashland University

    Ashland, OH

    1997-2002

  • Medical Board of California Physician and Surgeon

    ID# A124936

    Status: Active

  • California Department of Public health Fluoroscopy X-Ray Supervisor & Operator

    ID# RHC00200044

    Status: Active

  • DEA Controlled Substance

    ID# FP3821293

    Status: Active

  • NPI

    ID# 1336302231

    Status: Active

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Part 1

    Passed

    May 2013

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Part 2

    Passed

    July 2016

  • The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) – Member

    2019-Present

  • California Medical Association

    2016-Present

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) – Associate Member

    2011-Present

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS) – Associate Member

    2008-Present

  • American Medical Association

    2004-Present

Orthopaedic Practice

  • Super Doctors Magazine – Southern California Rising Stars 2018 List - 2017

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

  • Herbert S. Steuer Memorial Award for Work in Anatomy - 2005

Ashland University

  • NCAA Football, GLIAC Academic All-Conference - 2000-2001
  • Dave Williams Science Award - 1998, 2000
  • Fred M. Martinelli Scholarship - 1999-2002
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship - 1997-2002
  • Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honorary - 1997-2002

NCAA Football: Ashland University

  • Team Record Holder: 3nd All time leading scorer
  • Team Record Holder: 2nd All time field goals in career
  • Special Teams Player of the Year 2001
  • NCAA DII Don Hansen Preseason All-American 2001
  • NCAA DII National Player of the Week Nov 2000
  • GLIAC Conference Player of the Week: Sep 1999, Nov 2000, Nov 2001
  • GLIAC 1st Team All-Conference: 2000, 2nd Team 2001
  • High School Football: Physician to Dos Pueblos Football Team

    Santa Barbara, CA

    2018-Present

  • College Football: Physician to Santa Barbara Community College Football Team

    Santa Barbara, CA

    2017-Present

  • College Physicals: All Sports, Santa Barbara City College

    Santa Barbara, CA

    2016-Present

  • College Football: Physician to Southwestern College Football Team

    Chula Vista, CA

    2013

  • High School Football: Primary Physician to Chula Vista Football Team

    Chula Vista, CA

    2013

  • NFL: Detroit Lions: Training room and preseason physicals with Kyle Anderson M.D.

    Detroit MI

    2010-2012

  • High School Football: Coverage for 7 regional teams with Joe Guettler, M.D.

    Detroit MI

    2010-2012

  • Member of Cottage Hospital Orthopedic and Spine Co-Management Group

    Santa Barbara, CA

    2017-Present

  • Head of Orthopaedic Surgical Department for Wilkes Regional Hospital

    Wilkesboro, NC

    2016

  • Physician representative for Hospital IT steering committee for Wilkes Regional Medical Center

    Wilkesboro, NC

    2015

  • Clinical Anatomy instructor for medical students Oakwood University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Royal Oak, MI

    2013

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Resident Liaison William Beaumont Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Royal Oak, MI

    2012-2013

  • Applicant Review Committee William Beaumont Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Royal Oak, MI

    2009-2013

  • Tutor for 1st and 2nd year medical students Case School of Medicine

    Cleveland, OH

    2005-2008

  • Sport and Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation

    2018-Present

  • Sgaglione, Nicholas. Lubowitz, James. Provencher, Matthew. The Knee. AANA Advanced Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques. SLACK Inc, 2016. Chapter 12: Reconstruction of the MPFL For Instability.
  • Reider, Bruce. Davis, George. Provencher, Matthew. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Athlete. Getting Back In the Game. Saunders, 2015 Chapter 28: Nonoperative Rehabilitation of Patellar Instability, Postoperative Rehabilitation after proximal realignment procedures and MPFL reconstruction.
  • Arthrex Orthopedic Technology and Innovation Forum (OTIF) West Coast

    San Diego, CA

    Apr 2019

  • Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional Course

    Chicago, IL

    Mar 2019

  • Arthrex Orthopedic Technology and Innovation Forum (OTIF)

    Bonita Spring, FL

    Jan 2019

  • Ossur Cartilage Expert Consensus International Meeting

    Munich, Germany

    Sept 2018

  • Advancements in Orthobiologics

    Denver, CO

    Aug 2018

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)

    Chicago, IL

    May 2018

  • Arthrex Orthopedic Technology and Innovation Forum (OTIF) West Coast

    San Diego, CA

    Apr 2018

  • Arthrex Orthopedic Technology and Innovation Forum (OTIF)

    Bonita Spring, FL

    Jan 2018

  • Arthrex Masters Shoulder Arthroplasty Course

    Los Angeles, CA

    Apr 2017

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

    San Diego, CA

    Mar 2017

  • DePuy Synthes Anatomic to Shoulder Arthroplasty Course

    Tampa, FL

    Feb 2016

  • Arthrex Greenville Shoulder Symposium

    Greenville, SC

    Oct 2015

  • San Diego Shoulder Meeting

    San Diego, CA

    June 2014

  • Arthrex Fellows Course

    Naples, FL

    May 2014

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

    New Orleans, LA

    Mar 2014

  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference

    Mackinac Island, MI

    Jun 2013

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

    Chicago, IL

    May 2013

  • Stryker Resident Shoulder & Elbow Dissection Course

    Tampa, FL

    Mar 2013

  • Exactech Fellowship Course in Shoulder Arthoplasty

    New York, NY

    Sept 2012

  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference

    Mackinac Island, MI

    Jun 2012

  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference

    Mackinac Island, MI

    Jun 2011

  • AAOS/AOSSM Sports Medicine Course: Elite Athletes to Weekend Warriors

    Vail, CO

    Mar 2011

  • Stryker Advanced Nailing & MIPO Techniques Dissection Course‬

    Phoenix, AZ

    Nov 2010

  • AAOS/OTA Resident Trauma Course

    San Diego, CA

    Jan 2010

  • Train and educate physicians in modern surgical techniques

    Zimmer Biomet

    2019-Present

  • Evaluate and treat Orthopedic conditions for patients in a Neuroscience facility, the majority of which are retired professional athletes.

    Pure Sports Recovery

    2017-Present

  • Development of surgical instrumentation and techniques

    Arthrex, Inc.

    2017-Present

  • Co-author of website and development of surgical techniques and videos.

    Orthobullets.com

    2017-Present

  • Medical systems consulting for application with telemedicine technology.

    InTouch Health, Inc.

    2017-2018

  • Medical consulting company – Founder and president

    Aurum Medical, Inc.

    2017-Present

  • Medical device design company – Co-founder

    Kitrex, LLC

    2015-Present

Family, road and mountain biking, golf, movies, craft beer, strength and conditioning training.

To know more about Dr. Pifer please visit www.matthewpifermd.com

  • AAOS
  • ABOS
  • AAHKS
  • AANA
  • AOSSM