Matthew Best, M.D.

Matthew Joseph Best, M.D.

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  • Director of Research, Sports Medicine Division
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages: English, Spanish


ACL Reconstruction, Anterior Shoulder Instability, Arthritis of the Shoulder, Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, Arthroscopic Surgery, Articular Cartilage Restoration, Baseball Injuries, Elbow Injuries, Elbow UCL Reconstruction, Knee Injuries, Knee Meniscus Repair, Meniscus Tears, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries, Platelet-Rich Plasma, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder Instability Stabilization Surgery, Shoulder Joint Dislocations, Shoulder Labral Tear, Sports Injuries, Sports Injuries to the Shoulder, Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Lesions (SLAP), Tear - Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) more

Research Interests

ACL Reconstruction; Value-based care; throwing shoulder injuries; rotator cuff tears; shoulder replacement; shoulder instability; healthcare economics; healthcare disparities more

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2100
Lutherville, MD 21093 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
4924 Campbell Boulevard
Suite 130
Nottingham, MD 21236 map


Matthew Best, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon with advanced specialty training in sports medicine and sports-related injuries. Dr. Best has experience caring for athletes at all levels and has served as an assistant team physician for numerous professional and collegiate sports teams, including the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, Harvard University Athletics and now works as a Team Physician with the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Department. He specializes in conditions such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability or labral tears, cartilage injuries of the knee, ACL tears, meniscus tears, UCL injuries of the elbow (Tommy John surgery) and shoulder arthritis. 

Dr. Best completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he was selected for the Frisbie Family Endowed Fellow Award. He completed his orthopaedic surgery training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was awarded the Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence and the Paul S. Lietman Global Health Scholarship for his outreach work in Kumasi, Ghana. Dr. Best graduated from medical school at the University of Miami, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was awarded the Benton-Stockman Medical Scholarship and the Dean’s Fund scholarship.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Best serves as the sports medicine division director of research, with a focus on improving patient outcomes, reducing complications and enhancing value-based health care delivery. He has over 100 scientific publications, book chapters and presentations at national and international meetings. more


  • Director of Research, Sports Medicine Division
  • Surgical Director, Orthopaedics at Greenspring Station
  • Team Physician, Johns Hopkins University Athletics
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2015)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2020)


  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine; Massachusetts General Hospital (2021)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Best MJ, Tanaka MJ. Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder: Treatment Options and Considerations. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2018 Sep;26(3):113-119. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000199. PMID: 30059445.

Best MJ, Zikria BA, Wilckens JH. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in the Older Athlete. Sports Health. 2021 May-Jun;13(3):285-289. doi: 10.1177/1941738120953426. Epub 2020 Dec 10. PMID: 33301359; PMCID: PMC8083147.

Best MJ, Aziz KT, Wilckens JH, McFarland EG, Srikumaran U. Increasing incidence of primary reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty in the United States. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 May;30(5):1159-1166. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2020.08.010. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PMID: 32858194.

Best MJ, McFarland EG, Anderson GF, Srikumaran U. The likely economic impact of fewer elective surgical procedures on US hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Surgery. 2020 Nov;168(5):962-967. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2020.07.014. Epub 2020 Jul 29. PMID: 32861440; PMCID: PMC7388821.

Best MJ, McFarland EG, Thakkar SC, Srikumaran U. Racial Disparities in the Use of Surgical Procedures in the US. JAMA Surg. 2021 Mar 1;156(3):274-281. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.6257. PMID: 33439237; PMCID: PMC7807389.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Patellofemoral Instability Surgery and Management Over the Past 25 Years
    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Sports Medicine Conference
  • Surgical Treatment of Cartilage Injuries of the Knee
    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Sports Medicine Conference
  • Examination of the Shoulder
    Brigham and Women’s Health – Brigham and Women’s Global Business Strategies. Primary Care 2021 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course in Partnership with the Department of State
  • Examination of the Knee
    Brigham and Women’s Health – Brigham and Women’s Global Business Strategies. Primary Care 2021 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course in Partnership with the Department of State
  • Scope-Assisted Lower Trapezius Tendon Transfer (SALTT) for Failed Superior Capsular Reconstruction (SCR)
    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Sports Medicine Research Conference

Activities & Honors


  • Frisbie Family Endowed Fellow Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2020 - 2021
  • Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2020
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Resident Scholarship, 2019
  • Traveling Fellow selection, AO International Foundation, 2019
  • Lietman Global Health Scholarship, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2018
  • Benton-Stockman Merit Scholarship recipient, University of Miami School of Medicine, 2015
  • Dean’s Fund Scholarship recipient, University of Miami School of Medicine, 2015
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2015


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Society
  • The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Accuracy and Reliability Of The Visual Assessment Of Patellar Tracking
    Presentation, Las Vegas, NV (03/16/2019)
    Arthroscopy Association of North America/American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Specialty Day
  • Short-Term Complications And Readmission Following Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
    Presentation, Paris, France (04/04/2019)
    19th Annual World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, WCO-IOF-ESCEO
  • Three- and 4-Part Proximal Humerus Fracture Fixation with an Intramedullary Cage: 1-year Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes
    Presentation, Buenos Aires, Argentina (09/17/2019)
    Fourteenth International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery ICSES
  • Smoking and Complications Following Open Rotator Cuff Repair
    Poster Presentation, Dammam, Saudi Arabia (11/09/2019)
    5th Annual Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Multidisciplinary Conference: The Art of Motion (Poster)
  • The Impact of Depression on Opioid Use Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
    Podium Presentation, Las Vegas, NV (12/13/2019)
    Orthopaedic Summit 2019: Evolving Techniques, Resident and Fellow Day (Podium Presentation)

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A 2nd Tommy John rehab could be tougher for Angels' Shohei Ohtani. But it's not a given | ABC News (September 1, 2023)

Anatomic TSA still relevant as use of RSA increasesHealio Orthopedics Today (March 17, 2022)

Total shoulder arthroplasties ‘increased substantially’ in the US from 2012 to 2017Max Wursta, Healio Orthopedics Today (September 4, 2020)

Racial Gap Amongst U.S. Shoulder Arthroplasty Patients Persists. Advances in Motion | Massachusetts General Hospital (March 10, 2021)

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