NFLPS Members Named In List Of Top 28 North American Sports Knee Surgeons Of 2014

Jun 06, 2014

NFLPS Members Named in List of Top 28 North American Sports Knee Surgeons of 2014 

Orthopedics This Week named the Top 28 North American Sports Knee Surgeons of 2014.  Amongst the 28 are five NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) members including President of the NFLPS, Matthew J. Matava, M.D., James R. Andrews, M.D., Matthew T. Provencher, M.D., C.D.R., M.C., U.S.N.R., Scott A. Rodeo, M.D., and Russell F. Warren, M.D.

“I congratulate my NFLPS colleagues on their impressive accomplishment of being name one of the top sports knee surgeons of 2014. It’s a great honor to have them as part of the NFLPS team,” said Panthers’ team doctor, Robert A. Heyer, M.D., who is the incoming NFLPS President in 2015.

The list includes “the finest sports knee physicians, teachers, investigators and administrators in the country.”  According to Orthopedics This Week, “the information was obtained via a telephone survey of thought leaders in the field”. The information in quotes is what they heard about these surgeons and is verbatim from the Orthopedics This Week article:

Matthew J. Matava, M.D., President of the NFLPS, is a professor of orthopedic surgery and a professor of physical therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “As the team physician for the St. Louis Rams he has led the way as a clinical scientist on the sports knee. His dedication to teaching and education in this subject has been a revelation in sports medicine.”

James R. Andrews, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon for the Washington Redskins, is co-founder of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. He is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University Alabama Birmingham Medical School, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky Medical Center, University of South Carolina Medical School and adjunct professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama. “Dr. Andrews is one of the pioneers for advanced surgical treatment and rehabilitation for sports injuries. While he is nearing the end of his illustrious career, he is acknowledged as one of world’s sports medicine authorities and has probably the most experience in dealing with athletic knee injuries.”

Matthew T. Provencher, M.D., C.D.R., M.C., U.S.N.R., Orthopedic Medical Director for the New England Patriots, is the chief of the Sports Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School. “He is a self critical leader who will only grow in stature. He was in the Navy and treated active duty Naval officers who rely on their knees for their lives. These are people who stress their bodies even more than most elite athletes. He was recruited to MGH last year and I know for a fact that there were at least five academic programs trying to recruit him.”

Scott A. Rodeo, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon for the New York Giants, is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and co-chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. “He does important research on the knee and the effect of growth factors. He is a go to person for critical analysis of that topic in the U.S. He is a great educator and leader, and has dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to the Olympic teams. He is calm and professional, and is an honest physician.”

 Russell F. Warren, M.D., Head Team Physician for the New York Giants, is an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). “He has been one of the major thought leaders in orthopedic sports medicine for his entire career. He has trained 200 fellows, many of whom have gone on to become fellowship directors themselves. He is a surgeon’s surgeon; he is one of those individuals to whom other surgeons direct difficult problems to because he is so thoughtful and has such an enormous breadth of wisdom.”

The full article can be found here:

About the NFLPS: The NFL Physicians Society, an organization made up of over 150 team doctors from each of the 32 NFL teams,  was founded in 1966. Its mission is to provide excellence in the medical and surgical care of the athletes in the NFL and to provide direction and support for the athletic trainers in charge of the care for these athletes.


Contact: Amy Weiss, for the NFLPS