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Scott D. Martin, MD

  • Director, Joint Preservation Service
  • Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Martin is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopy and joint preservation. He uses cutting edge techniques to provide the highest quality of care to his patients. He performs hip, knee and shoulder arthroscopy in addition to joint replacement surgery of the shoulder, knee and hip.



Clinical Interests
  • Sports medicine
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries
  • PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) injuries
  • LCL/Posterolateral corner injuries
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Meniscus tear
  • Meniscus repair
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Labral injuries and shoulder instability (SLAP, Bankart)
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Femoroacetabular impingement
  • Labral tears (hip)
  • Shoulder replacement
Medical Education
  • MD, Jefferson Medical College
  • Residency, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Fellowship, American Sports Medicine Institute|Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Foxborough: Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place
  • Waltham: Mass General Waltham
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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is Board-Certified in Orthopedic Surgery. He completed his residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Cornell University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Martin completed fellowships in total joint arthroplasty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Alabama.

Dr. Martin specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. While his primary practice is in sports medicine, he also performs joint replacement surgery of the shoulder.

Dr. Martin is a team physician for New England Patriots NFL Team, as well as the medical director for the New England Revolution MLS Team. Additionally he is the head team physician for Bridgewater State University. He also is a consultant for the Toronto Blue Jays, the World Hockey League and the National Hockey League.

Dr. Martin has been named one of the top 100 doctors by Boston Magazine numerous times and has received the prestigious Golden Apple Teaching Award. He was also awarded the Distinguished Clinician Award by Harvard Medical School.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Martin’s research interests are focused sports injuries of the hip, knee, and shoulder. The majority of his research is dedicated to optimizing management of joint injuries either surgically or by physical therapy with the goal of joint preservation. He is involved in a number of ongoing studies and has, in particular, concentrated on optimizing treatment for patients with labral tears of the hip and developing novel surgical techniques for hip preservation. Other areas of interest include rotator cuff injuries and ligamentous injuries of the shoulder, labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, gluteal tears of the hip, and complex and isolated knee ligament reconstruction.

He has been involved in large multicentered clinical trials such as the METEOR trial that compared surgical correction of knee meniscal tears to physical therapy in patients who also had knee osteoarthritis. His current studies include clinical trials, prospective patient databases, retrospective chart reviews, and anatomic investigations.

Dr. Martin collaborates with the Harvard Medical School Tissue Engineering Laboratories in several projects. His most recent projects concern the use of biologic treatments such as stem cells to optimize management of sports related injuries of joints.


Select Publications:

  • Katz JN, Martin SD, Losina E, et al. Value of history, physical examination, and radiographic findings in the diagnosis of symptomatic meniscal tear in middle-aged adults with knee pain. Arth Care and Res, 2016
  • Katz J, Martin SD, Losina E et al. Predictors and Outcomes of Crossover to Surgery from Physical Therapy for Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Trial Comparing Physical Therapy and Surgery. JBJS 2016
  • Nwachukwu BU, Alpaugh K, McCormick F, Martin SD. All-arthroscopic reconstruction of the acetabular labrum by capsular augmentation. Arthros Tech. 2015 Apr.
  • Alpaugh K, Martin SD. Intra-Articular Fluid Distension for Initial Portal Placement during Hip Arthroscopy: The "Femoral Head Drop" Arthros Tech. 2015 Jan.
  • McCormick F, Alpaugh K, Nwachukwu BU, Yanke AB, Martin SD. Endoscopic repair of full-thickness abductor tendon tears: surgical technique and outcome at minimum of 1-year follow-up. Arthros. 2013 Dec.
  • Syed HM, Martin SD. Arthroscopic acetabular recession with chondrolabral preservation. Am J Orthop. 2013 Apr.
  • Katz JN, Martin SD, Losina E et al. Surgery versus physical therapy for a meniscal tear and osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med. 2013 Mar.
  • Zhang D, Martin SD, Spector M, et al. Presence and Distribution of Lubricin in Mensci and Labra in OA Joints. Cartilage April.
  • Martin SD, Katz J. Hip arthroscopy in the treatment of labral tears and femoroacetabular impingement. Arth and Rheum 2012.

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News & Events

  • Preserving the Chondrolabral Junction

    The Orthopaedics Advances December 2017 edition explores new techniques for treating femoral acetabular impingement, contouring bone growths without damaging the junction and new frontiers in stem cell treatment.


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