Frederick A. Matsen III, MD - Orthopedics

Dr. Matsen is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the research and treatment of shoulder and elbow problems. He is professor and chairman of the University of Washington School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics and adjunct professor in the Center of Bioengineering. He is also an affiliate professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Alaska. Dr. Matsen is an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, and the University of Washington Hospital, where he is chief of the Orthopaedic Service.

Dr. Matsen has served as the primary or co-principal investigator on many orthopedic research projects and has written or coauthored dozens of journal articles. He is coauthor of the book Practical Evaluation and Management of the Shoulder, published in 1994. Dr. Matsen has served as the associate editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and is an editor of the Video Journal of Orthopaedics. He is a founding member and past president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons–1979

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Rotator Cuff Disorders

Education

MD: Baylor University College of Medicine, Houston, 1968
Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1968–1969
Residency: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, 1971–1974
Fellowships:
  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, 1969–1971
  • National Institutes of Health Training, Bethesda, 1973– 1974
  • American-British-Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Great Britain and South Africa, 1983

Academic Appointments

University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics, Seattle:
  • Acting Instructor, 1974
  • Assistant Professor, 1975–1979
  • Director, Medical Students Orthopaedic Education, 1975–1978
  • Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program, 1978–1981
  • Associate Professor, 1979–1982
  • Department Vice Chairman, 1981–1985
  • Professor, 1982–present
  • Acting Chairman, 1983–1984
  • Chairman, 1986–present
  • Adjunct Professor, November 1985–present
University of Washington, Center of Bioengineering, Seattle:
Affiliate Professor, University of Alaska College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Anchorage, 1982

Hospital Affiliations

Attending orthopedic surgeon, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, 1975–present
Attending orthopedic surgeon, University of Washington Hospital, Seattle, 1975–present
Chief, Orthopaedic Service, University of Washington Hospital, Seattle, 1981–present

Professional Affiliations

Academic Orthopaedic Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association Orthopaedic Research Society
American Orthopaedic Association
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
European Microcirculation Society

Selected Publications

  1. Mack LA, Matsen FA III (1995). Rotator cuff (review). Clinics in Diagnostic Ultrasound, 30: 113–133.
  2. Matsen FA III (1996). Early effectiveness of shoulder arthroplasty for patients who have primary glenohumeral degenerative joint disease. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 78(2): 260–264.
  3. Harryman DT II, Matsen FA III, Sidles JA (1997). Arthroscopic management of refractory shoulder stiffness. Arthroscopy, 31(2): 133–147.
  4. Matsen FA III, Smith KL, DeBartolo SE, Von Oesen G (1997). A comparison of patients with late-stage rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the shoulder using self-assessed shoulder function and health status. Arthritis Care and Research, 10(2): 43–47.
  5. Rockwood CA, Matsen FA III (1990). The Shoulder, vols. 1 and 2. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.
  6. Lippitt SB, Harryman DT, Matsen FA III (1993). A practical tool for evaluating function: The simple shoulder test. In The Shoulder: A Balance of Mobility and Stability. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  7. Matsen FA III, Lippitt SB, Sidles JA, Harryman DT (1994). Practical Evaluation and Management of the Shoulder. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.
  8. Rockwood CA, Matsen FA III (1998) The Shoulder, 2nd ed., vols. 1 and 2. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

Financial Disclosure

No financial report received from reviewer.

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