Matthew Pifer, M.D.

Matthew Pifer, M.D.

Matthew Pifer, M.D.
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 Orthopaedic issues.

Dr. Matthew Pifer is an Orthopaedic surgeon 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 and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Both are currently ranked top 25 U.S. News top-ranked hospitals for Orthopaedic surgical programs.

Dr. Pifer completed his Orthopaedic surgical residency program at Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, MI. Beaumont is also 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.

After fellowship Dr. Pifer practiced in Wilkesboro, NC for 2 years where he was named the Head of Orthopaedic Surgical Department for Wilkes Regional Hospital. He then joined the Spine and Orthopedic Center in Santa Barbra, CA.

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.

EDUCATION


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

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE


  • Board Certified, American Board, Orthopedic Surgery
  • California Medical Board: License #A124936
  • California Department of Public Health Fluoroscopy X-ray Supervisor and Operator ID#RHC00200044

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING


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

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2016-Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center
Orthopedic Surgeon
Santa Barbara,CA
2014-2016 Orthopaedic Specialists of Wilkes (under the Carolinas Health Care System)
Orthopedic Surgeon
Wilkesboro, NC

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, HONORS AND AWARDS


2013 Physician to Southwestern College Football Team
2013 Chula Vista Football Team
Primary Physician
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.
2005 Case School of Medicine
Herbert S. Steuer Memorial Award for Work in Anatomy
1997-2002 Ashland University - NCAA Football
Team Record Holder: 3nd All-time leading scorer
Team Record Holder: 2nd All-time field goals in career
2001 Ashland University – NCAA Football
Special Teams Player of the Year
2001 Ashland University - NCAA Football
NCAA DII Don Hansen Preseason All-American
2000 Ashland University - NCAA Football
NCAA DII National Player of the Week, November
1999-2001 Ashland University - NCAA Football
GLIAC Conference Player of the Week, Sep 1999, Nov 2000, Nov 2001
2000 Ashland University - NCAA Football
GLIAC 1st Team All-Conference
2001 Ashland University - NCAA Football
GLIAC 2nd Team All-Conference
2000-2001 Ashland University - NCAA Football
GLIAC Academic All-Conference
1998, 2000 Ashland University
Dave Williams Science Award
1999-2002 Ashland University
Fred M. Martinelli Scholarship
1997-2002 Ashland University
Academic Achievement Scholarship
1997-2002 Ashland University
Beta Beta Beta, National Biology Honorary

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

ATTENDING STAFF


  • Carrillo Surgery Center | Santa Barbara,CA
  • Central Valley Surgery | Center Bakersfield, CA

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  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


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.

COURSES


02/16 DePuy Synthes Anatomic to Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Course Tampa, FL
10/15 Arthrex Greenville Shoulder Symposium Greenville, SC
06/14 San Diego Shoulder Meeting San Diego, CA
05/14 Arthrex Fellows Course Naples, FL
03/14 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA
06/13 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference Mackinac Island, MI
05/13 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
03/13 Stryker Resident Shoulder & Elbow Dissection Course Tampa, FL
09/12 Exactech Fellowship Course in Shoulder Arthoplasty New York, NY
06/12 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference Mackinac Island, MI
06/11 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Scientific Conference Mackinac Island, MI
03/11 AAOS/AOSSM Sports Medicine Course: Elite Athletes to Weekend Warriors Vail, CO
11/10 Stryker Advanced Nailing & MIPO Techniques Dissection Course Phoenix, AZ
01/10 AAOS/OTA Resident Trauma Course San Diego, CA
     
     

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND EXHIBITS


03/13 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.
06/12 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.
06/11 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.
06/11 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.
02/11 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.
01/11 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.
02/11 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. San Diego CA
06/10 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.
04/10 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