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.
|Oct 2016 - Present||The Spine and Orthopedic Center||Santa Barbara, CA|
|2014 - Sept 2016||Orthopaedic Specialists of Wilkes
(under Carolinas HealthCare System)
|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|
|2004-2008||Doctor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
|2002-2005||Masters of Science in Applied Anatomy
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
|1997-2002||Bachelor of Science – Double Major in Biology & Chemistry
|Medical Board of California
Physician and Surgeon
|California Department of Public health
Fluoroscopy X-Ray Supervisor and Operator
|DEA Controlled Substance||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|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
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
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.
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
|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|
|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.|
|2017-Present||Aurum Medical, Inc.||Medical consulting company||- Founder and president|
|2015- Present||Kitrex, LLC||Medical device design company||- Co-founder|
Family, road and mountain biking, golf, movies, craft beer, strength and conditioning training.