Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery •  Male • Age 40
  
Dr. Pifer
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available
5333 Hollister Ave Ste 150 Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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(805) 967-9311

Dr. Matthew Pifer, MD is a Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Pifer has more experience with Shoulder/Upper Arm than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Pifer to book an appointment.


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Dr. Pifer accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
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Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
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Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Practice Areas

Shoulder/Upper Arm

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Shoulder/Upper Arm specialists.

Typically treats 55% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Shoulder Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pifer treats Shoulder Disorders more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Pifer treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pifer treats Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis more than 85% of their peers

Dr. Pifer treats this condition more than 85% of their peers

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pifer treats Shoulder Impingement Syndrome more than 78% of their peers

Dr. Pifer treats this condition more than 78% of their peers

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Dr. Pifer's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • 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
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bicep Injuries
  • Bicep Muscle Strain
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Shoulder Blade
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Disorders
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Neuropathy
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Sprain
  • Inflammatory Pelvic Pain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Motor Neuropathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Inflammatory Pelvic Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Ankle Fractures
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • 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
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Ruptured Tendon
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Strain of Muscle and-or Tendon of Forearm
  • Stress Fracture
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendon Disorders
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
  • Wrist Fracture

Dr. Pifer's Reviews

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    From the beginning Dr. Pifer was very confident about his ability to basically reconstruct my shoulder with multiple issues. He was very reassuring he’s the best, and now after seeing the results of his skills I believe him. For what it’s worth, I have had 2 shoulder surgeries by the Oakland Raiders team orthopedic Dr., and I would choose Pifer any day anytime.
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    Kent – Aug 28, 2020
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    Dr. Pifer has been a terrific doctor. He diagnosis the problem quickly and explains the solution and processes very precisely. I felt I was in good hands from the beginning. His honesty and surgical skills have helped me heal back from a car accident injury. Remember to be patient with your body because some areas will not heal very fast, but you can't go wrong with Dr. Pifer. He and his friendly staff will definitely help you get back to being active and your body moving just like before your injury or better.
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    Sergio B. – Jul 22, 2020
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    My son dislocated his kneecap on his HS graduation night. We were able to quickly get an appointment with Dr. Pifer and we could not be happier with him. He was very clear explaining the injury and what to expect. He made us both comfortable, as well as confident about treatment and what to look out for moving forward. My son said he was his favorite doctor and he trusted him to take care of any other injuries an active young guy might encounter. Additionally all the staff, and his assistant are amazing. They were helpful and patient and everyone was very upbeat and encouraging. I highly recommend Dr. Pifer and his staff.
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    LBM – Jul 16, 2020
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    Dr. Pifer and his staff are the most wonderful people I have had to deal with to my journey of cancer and the after effects in the past three and a half years. Whenever I have a question or a concern dr. Pifer and his staff would get back to me right away and this made me feel so comfortable and I did not have to worry about my questions or concerns. Everything was explained to me before surgery and after surgery. The emails I would get regarding my recovery what's the best it made me feel very cared for. I would recommend dr. Pifer and his staff anybody who needed any help with a shoulder injury they are the best.
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    Marie Moran – Jun 15, 2020
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    I injured my left shoulder in a fall during a recent vacation and was referred to Dr. Pifer by my primary physician. Dr. Pifer was very thorough with his exam and offered the necessary MRI scan to confirm the condition of the shoulder. He was polite, professional, and easy to talk to. He offered physical therapy by a provider of my choice to follow up on proper therapy for the injured shoulder.
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    Kathleen Rauber – May 07, 2020
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    Amazing!! The man when it comes to shoulder!
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    Ocean Feniger – Jan 31, 2020
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    Extremely caring and competent. Takes the time to address your questions and concerns. Inspires hope and confidence about recovering your capabilities
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    Mar 27, 2019
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    I broke my collarbone in January and had surgery to put it back together. I had my last appointment April 4th 2018. Everything has healed nicely! Thank you Dr. Pifer. The surgery and follow up appointments went great!
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    Lois Moser – Apr 05, 2018
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    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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    Paula Harrill in CA – Feb 23, 2018
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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 confident knowing I was in his care. Dr. Pifer and his medical staff have set a new standard for medical excellence in orthopedic medicine! Thank you for the privilege, Dr. Pifer!
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    Lynn Farley in Templeton, CA – Jan 12, 2018
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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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    Kelly in Camarillo – Dec 09, 2017
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    Great results for my knee. Very skillful surgeon.
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    About Me

    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.

    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
    • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
    • Emergency Sports Medicine
    • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
    • Hip & Knee Orthopedics
    • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
    • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
    • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Sports Medicine
    • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
    • Sports Medicine
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    Board Certifications

    Education

    2014
    Kasier Permanente Med Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital
    2013
    Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital
    2005
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    2002
    Ashland University
    Undergraduate School

    Awards

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Locations

    Practice

    5333 Hollister Ave Ste 150 Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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    • Hours
      • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
      • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
      • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
      • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
      • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
      • Sat: closed
      • Sun: closed
    • Directions
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital400 W Pueblo St Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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      • Mon: open 24 hours
      • Tue: open 24 hours
      • Wed: open 24 hours
      • Thu: open 24 hours
      • Fri: open 24 hours
      • Sat: open 24 hours
      • Sun: open 24 hours
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    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

    Santa Barbara, CA

    80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

    • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
    • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2018)