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Matthew A. Pifer, MD

Matthew A Pifer, MD

Dr. Matthew Pifer is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA that is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Pifer specializes in complex minimally invasive shoulder and knee 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 where he was a 4 year starter and is the 3rd highest scorer 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. Dr. Pifer did the majority of his Orthopaedic medical school training at the Cleveland Clinic, 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 advanced further in a specialized fellowship training program in Orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy in San Diego, CA at the renowned Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Sports Medicine group.

Dr. Pifer’s most recent training was under Dr. Daniel Cooper the NFLs Dallas Texas Cowboys head physician and the inventor of a new innovative technique of single portal arthroscopy. This technique can be utilized in knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgeries to perform surgery with fewer and smaller incisions than your usual surgical approach.

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.

To know more about Dr. Pifer. please click below links.

  • CSC
  • TSOC
  • Beaumont Hospitals
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Cottage Health