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New surgeon joins Steadman Philippon team

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VAIL — A former team physician for the New England Patriots is joining the Steadman Philippon team.

Dr. Matthew Provencher, chief of sports medicine service at Massachusetts General Hospital and medical director and head team physician the New England Patriots, last season's league champions, is joining the staff at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute. Provencher will focus on treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the knee and shoulder. The announcement was made by Dr. Marc Philippon, managing partner of The Steadman Clinic and co-chairman of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

Provencher completed his work with the Patriots on Jan. 24, when New England's hope of a Super Bowl repeat ended with a loss in the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos. Perhaps it was fitting that his final game with the Patriots was within driving distance of his new home in Vail at The Steadman Clinic.

An Impressive Resume

Provencher graduated in 1993 from the United States Naval Academy with highest honors and was the Secretary of the Navy distinguished graduate. He was an all-American rower at the academy. He earned his medical degree with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 1998. He has served as chief of sports medicine at The Massachusetts General since April 2013 and has been with the Patriots for the last two seasons. He also serves as a professor of surgery and orthopaedics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is a visiting professor at The Harvard Medical School.

"Dr. Provencher has established himself as one of the premiere orthopaedic surgeons in the nation and his work at Mass General is known worldwide," Philippon said. "His experience as an elite athlete and passion for research and evidence based medicine make him a great fit and an outstanding addition to our team of physicians at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute."

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"It is an extraordinary honor to join such an accomplished team at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute," Provencher said. "With the promising research in regenerative medicine being conducted by the Steadman team, this is an incredibly exciting time there and a great way to advance the mission of keeping people active. I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to working closely with the outstanding surgeons, clinicians, researchers and administrators at the clinic."

Winner of Awards

Provencher completed his orthopaedic residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and his orthopaedic shoulder knee and sports surgery fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. A prolific researcher, he has received numerous academic and research awards including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Aircast Award and The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Science Award. He was also selected for several prestigious traveling fellowships. In addition, he has received multiple peer-reviewed research grants totaling over $1.5 million to study topics such as shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, and ACL tears.

In addition to his orthopaedic duties, Provencher performed extensive humanitarian and disaster relief work. He served as the director for surgical services for three years on the USNS Mercy and was the surgical leader of a 500-member team during Pacific Partnership 2012 — the largest humanitarian and civic action in the Asia-Pacific region.

Provencher begins his duties in Vail on March 31.