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Editorial Board Biographies

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Matthew J. Matava, MD

Associate Editor for Professional Sports

Dr. Matava is a professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Therapy, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service, and the Head Team Physician for the varsity athletic program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a team physician for the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. Formerly, he was the Head Team Physician for the St. Louis Rams, and was President of the National Football League Physicians Society (NFLPS) from 2013-2015. Dr. Matava earned his Medical Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He completed his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. He is the recipient of several research awards from Emory University, is a member of the Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society, and received the Palma Chironis Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Washington University Department of Orthopedic Surgery in 2012. Dr. Matava has been listed as a “Best Doctor in America” since 2005, and was recently hailed by Orthopedics This Week as one of the top 28 sports knee surgeons in the nation.

 

Jeffrey Sawyer, MD

Associate Editor for Pediatrics

Dr. Sawyer is a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship Director at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic. He also serves as a reviewer/editor for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Orthopedic Clinics of North America. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania, prior to completing his Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic. Dr. Sawyer has held numerous leadership positions in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). He also was a POSNA Traveling Fellow and won the POSNA Special Achievement Award for his work on the Pediatric Orthopaedic Workforce. He is a national authority on pediatric orthopedic trauma, and is on the Executive Committee of the Children’s Spine Foundation.

 

Brian K. Vickaryous, MD

Associate Editor for Trauma

Dr. Vickaryous is a specialist in orthopedic traumatology at the Florida Hospital Orthopedic Institute in Orlando, Florida, and has an additional subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. He attended the University of Miami, Florida through the combined degree Medical
Honors Program and completed his residency at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Vickaryous has also deployed overseas as Commander of the Trauma Unit, the 8th Forward Surgical Team, in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons (AAOS) and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA).

 

Michael B. Gerhardt, MD

Associate Editor for Sports Medicine

Dr. Gerhardt is a sports medicine specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute and Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group in Los Angeles, CA. He also serves as faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Gerhardt earned his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego and graduated medical school with honors from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He received the Leonard Marmur Award for excellence in research and education during his orthopedic residency at the University of Southern California, prior to completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2003. He received further training in hip arthroscopy at the Nashville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic, and maintains a leadership role in the area of sports medicine and hip preservation on a national and international level. Currently, he serves as Team Physician for the US Soccer Men’s National Team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and Pepperdine University.