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Matthew A. Pifer, MD – Profile

Practice in Orthopaedic Surgery

  • 2016 – Present
  • The Spine and Orthopedic Center
    Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Santa Barbara,CA
  • 2014 -2016
  • Orthopaedic Specialists of Wilkes (under Carolinas HealthCare System)
  • Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Post Graduate Education and Training

  • 2013-2014
  • Fellowship Orthopaedic Sports Medicine ACGME Accredited)

    Kaiser Permanente Hospital Systems

  • San Diego, California
  • 2008-2013
  • Internship/Residency – Orthopaedic Surgery

    Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

  • Royal Oak, Michigan

Education

  • 2004-2008
  • Doctor of Medicine

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2002-2005
  • Masters of Science in Applied Anatomy

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1997-2002
  • Bachelor of Science – Double Major in Biology & Chemistry

    Ashland University

  • Ashland, Ohio

Board Certification

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

Professional Society Memberships

  • 2011-Present
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • 2008-Present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2008-2013
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society
  • 2008-2013
  • Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2004-2008
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • 2004-Present
  • American Medical Association
  • 1997-2002
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society

Academic Honors/Awards

Case 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

  • 2013
  • College Football: Physician to Southwestern College Football Team
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • 2013
  • High School Football: Primary Physician to Chua Vista Football Team
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • 2010-2012
  • NFL: Detroit Lions: training room and preseason physicals with Kyle Anderson M.D.
  • 2010-2012
  • High School Football: coverage for 7 regional teams with Joe Guettler, M.D.
  • Detroit MI

Leadership Positions

  • Stopped at 2016
  • 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-Present
  • 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

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 PRP by Human Ligament Fibroblasts. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24627579 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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 [PubMed – in process]

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 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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

  • 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

Hobbies and Interests

Road and mountain biking, golf, firearms, movies, craft beer, strength and conditioning training, smoking food, and family.

Recent Events

  • Implementing single portal arthroscopy (SAP) into my knee and shoulder arthroscopy practice.
  • CSC
  • TSOC
  • Beaumont Hospitals
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Cottage Health