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Matthew T. Provencher, MD

  • Chief, Sports Medicine Service
  • Medical Director: New England Patriots
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Provencher specializes in complex shoulder and knee sports medicine injuries. He develops specialized treatment programs for patients using cutting edge joint resurfacing, to get them back doing the things they love.



Clinical Interests
  • Shoulder instability
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction and injuries
  • Multiligament knee injuries
  • Cartilage disorders and injuries of the knee and shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder pain
  • Meniscus tear
  • Labral tear and instability
  • PCL injuries
  • Bicep pain
Medical Education
  • MD, Dartmouth Medical School
  • Residency, Naval Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Rush University Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. Provencher is a native New Englander, having grown up in Barrington, NH. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Academy where he held several leadership positions, graduated with Distinction and was the Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate. He was also a 4-year Varsity Oarsman on the Naval Academy Crew Team and designated a first-team All-American for two years. Dr. Provencher earned his MD with Honors from Dartmouth Medical School where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego followed by a fellowship in Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine at Rush University in Chicago.

Before coming to MGH, Dr. Provencher was the Director of Orthopaedic Shoulder, Knee and Sport Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. In addition, Dr. Provencher held several leadership positions, including the Director for Surgical Services for the USNS Mercy (TAH-19) one of the two US Navy Hospital Ships and directed the surgical humanitarian mission during Pacific Partnership 2012. Currently, Commander Provencher is also an active Navy Reservist.

Dr. Provencher is a member of the Herodicus Society, American Orthopaedic Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Shoulder and Elbow Society.

Dr. Provencher is highly regarded as a clinician, a scientist and is the recipient of a number of research awards and recognitions. His research includes more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, 150 chapters and five textbooks. He recently was selected to represent the American Orthopaedic Association as a prestigious 2013 ABC Travelling Fellow.

He is the Deputy Editor of the Arthroscopy Journal and is on the editorial board and is a reviewer on numerous journals including the Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Provencher's current research projects include:

  • Identifying factors associated with meaningful shoulder instability surgical outcomes
  • Developing shoulder instability biomechanical testing for bone defects
  • Functional outcome of biceps tendon injuries
  • Outcomes of shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff disorders and factors associated with positive treatment outcomes
  • Multiligament knee injuries
  • Cartilage injuries in the shoulder and knee
  • Outcomes of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in young active duty military patients
  • Cartilage stiffness post ACL injury

Watch Dr. Provencher give a Grand Rounds lecture at MassGeneral.


Dr. Provencher has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, lectured at more than 200 orthopaedic meetings around the world and co-authored five textbooks.

Provencher MT, Frank RM, Macian D, Dewing CB, Ghodadra NS, Carney J, LeClere L, Solomon DJ. An analysis of shoulder outcomes scores in 275 consecutive patients: disease-specific correlation across multiple shoulder conditions. Mil Med. 2012 Aug;177(8):975-82.

Lagrew J, Lujan E, Nelson SC, Hauff NM, Kaesberg JL, Lambert ME, Riffenburgh R, Provencher MT, Douglas TD. Pacific partnership 2010: Anesthesia support aboard the USNS Mercy humanitarian civic assistance. Mil Med. 2012 Aug;177(8):939-46.

Ghodadra NS, Mall NA, Grumet R, Sherman SL, Kirk S, Provencher MT, Bach BR Jr. Interval arthrometric comparison of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft versus allograft: do grafts attenuate within the first year postoperatively? Am J Sports Med. 2012 Jun;40(6):1347-54.

McCormick F, Nwachukwu BU, Provencher MT. Stress fractures in runners. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Apr;31(2):291-306.

Provencher MT, Frank RM, Leclere LE, Metzger PD, Ryu JJ, Bernhardson A, Romeo AA. The Hill-Sachs lesion: diagnosis, classification, and management. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012 Apr;20(4):242-52.

Provencher MT, Navaie M, Solomon DJ, Smith JC, Romeo AA, Cole BJ. Joint chondrolysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Nov 2;93(21):2033-44.

Pennock AT, Pennington WW, Torry MR, Decker MJ, Vaishnav SB, Provencher MT, Millett PJ, Hackett TR. The influence of arm and shoulder position on the bear-hug, belly-press, and lift-off tests: an electromyographic study. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Nov;39(11):2338-46.

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News & Events

  • Celebrating victory

    Matthew Provencher, MD, chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service and medical director and head team physician for the New England Patriots and Peter Asnis, MD, of Orthopædic Surgery and team physician for the Patriots pose with quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1.

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Service welcomes new chief

    Matthew T. Provencher, MD, has been appointed chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


MGH Sports Medicine Center
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Phone: 617-643-4796
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