Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD

Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD

Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 38
Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD is a sports medicine orthopedic joint reconstruction specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has been practicing for 4 years. He graduated from Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med in 2008 and specializes in sports medicine orthopedic joint reconstruction, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

401 E Carrillo St

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact Information

(805) 563-3307

Insurance Accepted

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

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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 Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Pifer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pifer "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."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pifer "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."

24  Specialties

  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Emergency Sports Medicine
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

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

168  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Laxity
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Antalgic Gait
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bicep Injuries
  • Bicep Muscle Strain
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Shoulder Blade
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Damage
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Disorders
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Long-Bone Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Extremity Malunions
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Neuropathy
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Inflammatory Pelvic Pain
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprains and Tears
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsal Fracture
  • Motor Neuropathy
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Non-Inflammatory Pelvic Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Ankle Fractures
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Ruptured Tendon
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Strain of Muscle and-or Tendon of Forearm
  • Stress Fracture
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tendon Disorders
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
  • Wrist Fracture


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45  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Shoulder Replacement


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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

Dr. Pifer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pifer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pifer to family and friends
5 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (5)

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  • 3
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Dr. Pifer's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

So grateful for you Dr. Pifer you’re very talented very caring and a straight shooter thank you for taking such good care of me. Your #1 in my book!!
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Dr. Pifer is the most professional doctor I have had. He and his staff are efficient, time conscious, yet compassionate with you as a patient. He explained everything to me regarding my injury. Then, the surgery was also video taped so Dr. Pifer could discuss the results with me. I felt...more
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He is by far the best doctor with the best bedside manners you could ever want in such a awful situation. Thank you so much for getting me back on my feet.
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Great results for my knee. Very skillful surgeon.
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