Matthew T. Provencher, MD, has been appointed chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
"I am delighted to have Matt in this leadership role," says Harry Rubash, MD, chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. "He brings with him a wealth of clinical knowledge and valuable experiences that will benefit not only his patients but the department as a whole. Under his leadership, I know the Sports Medicine Service will continue to grow and thrive."
Before coming to the MGH in April, Provencher served as the director of Orthopædic Shoulder, Knee and Sport Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., and also as the primary orthopaedic physician for the U.S. Navy Seals. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, he previously held several leadership positions in the U.S. Navy, including as director for Surgical Services for the USNS Mercy (TAH-19), one of two U.S. Navy hospital ships. He also directed the surgical team on the 2012 Pacific Partnership mission, the largest humanitarian and civic assistance operation in the Asia-Pacific region focused on building stronger relationships and disaster response capabilities throughout the area.
Through his extensive training and clinical research, Dr Provencher has developed cutting edge treatments for young patients with arthritis of the shoulder and knee, and innovative treatments for shoulder instability and rotator cuff tears.
“The lessons I learned from the Navy Seals are loyalty and teamwork, which are applicable to everything I do here at MGH,” says Provencher. “We want to provide impactful care for our patients, an enriching educational experience for medical students, residents and fellows, as well as a culture of mentorship and training.”
Provencher says that during his first few months on the job he has been impressed by the MGH’s multidisciplinary approach to patient care, which matches his belief that care should center not only on a surgical problem but also the whole well-being of the patient.
“I want to increase our community outreach and enhance our presence as international experts in comprehensive musculoskeletal sports care, so we can have meaningful contributions to benefit people of all ages,” Provencher says. “This way we are able to provide the highest level of clinical care, education and research, which are all focused on making a significant impact in a patient’s life.”
The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Service is comprised of multiple disciplines including non-operative sports, a dedicated sports-specific physical therapy, and sports surgeons with expertise in shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and foot and ankle surgery.
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