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Matthew Pifer, MD

 
Matthew Pifer, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine.
Specializes in complex minimally invasive shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgical techniques, as well as other general Orthopedic issues.

Dr. Matthew Pifer is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon that practices in the greater Santa Barbara, CA areas including Oxnard, Ventura, Goleta, and Santa Maria. He is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Pifer specializes in complex minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques, as well as other general orthopaedic issues.

Dr. Pifer attended college on an NCAA Football scholarship at Ashland University in Ashland, OH. He was a 4 year starter and is one of the top highest scorers in the school’s football history. During that time, Dr. Pifer doubled majored in Chemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology and received numerous honors for academics as well as his football career.

Dr. Pifer went on to attend medical school at the highly ranked Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. The majority of his Orthopaedic medical school training was spent at the Cleveland Clinic, which is currently ranked #3 in the nation for Orthopaedic surgical programs.

Dr. Pifer completed his Orthopaedic surgical residency program at Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, MI. Beaumont is widely known as one of U.S. News top-ranked hospitals in the nation and has one of the highest surgical volumes for Orthopaedic procedures in the country. During this time, Dr. Pifer mentored under the notable Dr. Kyle Anderson, the NFL Detroit Lions head team physician.

After residency, Dr. Pifer furthered his training in a specialized fellowship program in Orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery in San Diego, CA at the renowned Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Sports Medicine group.

Dr. Pifer utilizes a new innovative surgical technique called Single Portal Arthroscopy. This is used in both knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgeries. This allows him to perform surgery with fewer (normally one) incision that prior surgical approaches called for more.

Dr. Pifer’s practice not only includes the use of cutting edge surgical treatment, but also non-operative use of biologics (such as PRP injection) and cellular therapies to treat injuries.

Through Dr. Pifer’s career he has provided care to countless recreational, high school, college, and professional athletes and has authored countless articles, scientific papers, and book chapters on sports-related injuries and general Orthopaedic topics.

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

Practice in Orthopaedic Surgery

Oct 2016 - Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center Santa Barbara, CA
2014 - Sept 2016 Orthopaedic Specialists of Wilkes
(under Carolinas HealthCare System)
Wilkesboro, NC

Post Graduate Education and Training

2013-2014 Fellowship Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ACGME Accredited)
Kaiser Permanente Hospital Systems
San Diego, CA
2008-2013 Internship/Residency - Orthopaedic Surgery
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Royal Oak, MI

Education

2004-2008 Doctor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH
2002-2005 Masters of Science in Applied Anatomy
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH
1997-2002 Bachelor of Science – Double Major in Biology & Chemistry
Ashland University
Ashland, OH

Medical Licensures

Medical Board of California
Physician and Surgeon
Status: Active
California Department of Public health
Fluoroscopy X-Ray Supervisor and Operator
Status: Active
DEA Controlled Substance Status: Active
NPI Status: Active

Board Certification

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Part 1 Passed May 2013
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Part 2 Passed July 2016

Professional Society Memberships

2016-Present California Medical Association
2011-Present Arthroscopy Association of North America(AANA) - Associate Member
2008-Present American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS) - Associate Member
2004-Present American Medical Association

Honors/Awards

Orthopaedic Practice

2017 Super Doctors Magazine - Southern California Rising Stars 2018 List

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

2005 Herbert S. Steuer Memorial Award for Work in Anatomy

Ashland University

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

Athletic Honors/Awards

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

Team Coverage Experience

2017-Present College Football: Physician to Santa Barbara Community College Football Team Santa Barbara, CA
2016-Present College Physicals: All Sports, Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
2013 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
2010-2012 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

Leadership Positions

2017-Present Member of Cottage Hospital Orthopedic and Spine Co-Management Group Santa Barbara, CA
2016 Head of Orthopaedic Surgical Department for Wilkes Regional Hospital Wilkesboro, NC
2015 Physician representative for Hospital IT steering committee for Wilkes Regional Medical Center Wilkesboro, NC
2013 Clinical Anatomy instructor for medical students Oakwood University William Beaumont School of Medicine Royal Oak, MI
2012-2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Resident Liaison William Beaumont Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Royal Oak, MI
2009-2013 Applicant Review Committee
William Beaumont Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Royal Oak, MI
2005-2008 Tutor for 1st and 2nd year medical students
Case School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Research Publications

Topp R, Pifer M.  A Preliminary Study Into the Effect of 2 Resistance Training Modes on Proprioception of Subjects with Knee Osteoarthritis. Journal of Performance Health. 2017. 1(1): 26-38, DOI:10.25036/jphr2017.1.1.topp   http://www.performancehealthresearch.com/article/1803

Anakwenze OA, Pifer MA, Singh A. Clavicle stress fracture after reverse shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Jul;23(7):e170-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2014.03.015. PMID:24929749

Pifer MA, Maerz T, Baker KC, Anderson K. Matrix Metalloproteinase Content and Activity in Low-Platelet, Low-Leukocyte and High-Platelet, High-Leukocyte Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and the Biologic Response to Human Ligament Fibroblasts. Am J Sports Med. 2014  May;42(5):1211-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546514524710.Epub 2014 Mar 13.PMID: 24627579

Pifer M, Ashfaq K, Maerz T, Jackson A, Baker K, Anderson K. Intra- and interdisciplinary agreement in the rating of acromioclavicular joint dislocations. Phys Sportsmed. 2013 Nov;41(4):25-32. doi: 10.3810/psm.2013.11.2033. PMID: 24231594

Lynch JL, Pifer MA, Maerz T, Kurdziel MD, Davidson AA, Baker KC, Anderson K. The Graft Link ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction: biomechanical comparison with the docking technique in both kinematics and failure tests. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Oct;41(10):2278-87. doi: 10.1177/0363546513498999. Epub 2013 Aug 12. PMID:23940203

Pifer MA, Kibuule LK, Maerz T, Studzinski DM, Baker KC, Herkowitz HN. In vitro response of human chondrocytes to a combination of growth factors and a proteinase inhibitor. Orthopedics. 2012 Jan;35(1):35-42. PMID: 22229919

Joseph SM, Pifer MA, Przybylski RJ, Dubyak GR. Methylene ATP analogs as modulators of extracellular ATP metabolism and accumulation. Br J Pharmacol. 2004 Jun 21 PMID: 15210578

Ditmyer MM, Topp R, Pifer M. Prehabilitation in preparation for orthopaedic surgery. Orthop Nurs. 2002 Sep-Oct;21(5):43-51; quiz 52-4. Review. PMID: 12432699

Book Publications/Chapters:

Sgaglione, Nicholas. Lubowitz, James. Provencher, Matthew. The Knee. AANA Advanced Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques. SLACK Inc, 2016. Chaper 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.

Presentations

Pifer, M; Maerz, T; Baker, K; Anderson. K. Matrix Metalloproteinase Content and Activity in PRP and Biologic Response to PRP by Human Ligament Fibroblasts. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. March19th-23rd 2013

Pifer, M; Maerz, T; Baker, K; Anderson. K. Active Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) in Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Modulate the Release of MMPs from Human Ligament Fibroblasts. Michigan Orthopaedics Society (MOS) Annual Meeting. Macincac Island, MI. June 17th 2012

Pifer, M; Maerz, T; Baker, K; Anderson. K. Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) in Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and the Effect of PRP in Combination with Doxycycline and Simvastatin on Ligament Fibroblasts. Michigan Orthopaedics Society (MOS) Annual Meeting. Macincac Island, MI. June25th 2011

Pifer, M; Ashfaq,K; Jackson, A; Maerz, T; Baker, K; Anderson. K. Inter- and Intradepartmental Agreement in the Rating of Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Dislocations: Orthopaedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Musculoskeletal Radiology Compared. Michigan Orthopaedics Society (MOS) Annual Meeting. Macincac Island, MI. June 25th 2011

Pifer, M; Maerz, T; Baker, K; Anderson. K. Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) in Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and the Effect of PRP in Combination with Doxycycline and Simvastatin on Ligament Fibroblasts. 2011 NFL Physicians Society Scientific Meeting. Indianapolis IN. February 24th-27th

Pifer, M; Kibuule, L; Maerz, T; Baker, K C; Studzinski, D; Baker, K; Herkowitz, H. In Vitro Response of Human Chondrocytes to a Combination of Growth Factors and a Proteinase Inhibitor: Implications for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration. Orthopeadic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting. Long Beach, Ca. January 13th -16th, 2011

Pifer, M; Kibuule, L; Maerz, T; Baker, K C; Studzinski, D; Herkowitz, H. Advanced Healing of the Intervertebral Disc using Anabolic Growth Factors and a Catabolic Inhibitor. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting. February 15th-19th. San Diego CA 2011

Pifer, M; Kibuule, L; Maerz, T; Baker, K C; Studzinski, D; Baker, K; Herkowitz, H. Tissue Engineering of the Intervetebral Disc Unsing Anabolic and Catabolic Cytokine Combinations. Michigan Orthopaedic Society (MOS) Annual Meeting. Mackinac Island, MI. June 18th -20th, 2010.

Kibuule, L; Pifer, M; Maerz, T; Baker, K C; Studzinski, D; Baker, K; Herkowitz, H. Combining Anabolic Growth Factors and a Catabolic Inhibitor to Increase Extracellular Matrix Production in Chondrocytes for Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Cell Transplantation.. Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS). Chicago, IL. April 8th, 2010

Conferences/Courses Attended

Apr 2017 Arthrex Masters Shoulder Arthroplasty Course Los Angeles, CA
Mar 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting San Diego, CA
Feb 2016 DePuy Synthes Anatomic to Shoulder Arthroplasty Course Tampa, FL
Oct 2015 Arthrex Greenville Shoulder Symposium Greenville, SC
June 2014 San Diego Shoulder Meeting San Diego, CA
May 2014 Arthrex Fellows Course Naples, FL
Mar 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA
Jun 2013 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference Mackinac Island, MI
May 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
Mar 2013 Stryker Resident Shoulder & Elbow Dissection Course Tampa, FL
Sept 2012 Exactech Fellowship Course in Shoulder Arthoplasty New York, NY
Jun 2012 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference Mackinac Island, MI
Jun 2011 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference Mackinac Island, MI
Mar 2011 AAOS/AOSSM Sports Medicine Course: Elite Athletes to Weekend Warriors Vail, CO
Nov 2010 Stryker Advanced Nailing & MIPO Techniques Dissection Course‬ Phoenix, AZ
Jan 2010 AAOS/OTA Resident Trauma Course San Diego, CA

Consulting Agreements

2017-Present Arthrex, Inc. Development of surgical instrumentation and techniques
2017-Present Orthobullets.com Co-author of website and development of surgical techniques and videos.
2017-Present InTouch Health, Inc. Medical systems consulting for application with telemedicine technology.

Entrepreneurial Endeavors

2017-Present Aurum Medical, Inc. Medical consulting company - Founder and president
2015- Present Kitrex, LLC Medical device design company - Co-founder

Hobbies and Interests

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