Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD

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Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD
Dr. Matthew Pifer is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA that is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Pifer specializes in complex minimally invasive shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgical techniques, as well as other general Orthopaedic issues. Dr. Pifer attended college on an NCAA Football scholarship at Ashland University in Ashland, Oh where he was a 4 year starter and is the 3rd highest scorer in the school's football history. During that time Dr. Pifer doubled majored in Chemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology and received numerous honors for academics as well as his football career. Dr. Pifer went on to attend medical school at the highly ranked Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Pifer did the majority of his Orthopaedic medical school training at the Cleveland Clinic, currently ranked #3 in the nation for Orthopaedic surgical programs. Dr. Pifer completed his Orthopaedic surgical residency program at Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, MI. Beaumont is widely known as one of U.S. News top-ranked hospitals in the nation and has one of the highest surgical volumes for Orthopaedic procedures in the country. During this time Dr. Pifer mentored under the notable Dr. Kyle Anderson, the NFL Detroit Lions head team physician. After residency Dr. Pifer advanced further in a specialized fellowship training program in Orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy in San Diego, CA at the renowned Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Sports Medicine group. Dr. Pifer's most recent training was under Dr. Daniel Cooper the NFLs Dallas Texas Cowboys head physician and the inventor of a new innovative technique of single portal arthroscopy. This technique can be utilized in knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgeries to perform surgery with fewer and smaller incisions than your usual surgical approach. Through Dr. Pifer's career he has provided care to countless recreational, high school, college, and professional athletes and has authored countless articles, scientific papers, and book chapters on sports-related injuries and general Orthopaedic topics.

The Spine and Orthopedic Center

401 E Carrillo St

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact Information

(805) 563-3307

Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD

Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

We believe that patients benefit from a conservative multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Our focus is on addressing total patient care by guiding patients through the process of diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and re-injury prevention. Our team of physician assistants works closely with our physicians to provide patients with a full spectrum of treatment options, and ensure that they receive a comprehensive approach to recovery.
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Dr. Pifer's Experience

Dr. Pifer's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hip Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Ashland University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2002
  • Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2013
  • Kasier Permanente Med Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Other Education | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Pifer accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Pifer has admitting privileges

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
400 W Pueblo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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