Matthew Salzler, Tufts Medical Center

Chief, Division of Sports Medicine; Orthopaedic Surgeon; Director of Orthopaedic Research; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Clinical Focus Areas

  • Shoulder instability and dislocation
  • rotator cuff repair
  • labral repair
  • minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for shoulder, knee, hip and ankle
  • cartilage injuries and joint preservation
  • meniscus repair
  • management of knee ligament injures (ACL, MCL, multi-ligament)
  • overuse injuries in athletes
  • adult and adolescent sports medicine
  • women’s sports injuries and preservation
  • workers’ compensation

Matthew Saltzler, M.D.


Dr. Matthew Salzler is an orthopedic surgeon seeing patients at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He previously worked with professional athletes as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins and is currently a team physician for Tufts University, Emerson College, Fisher College, the Quincy Militia semi-pro football team, as well as Cathedral, Quincy, and North Quincy High Schools. A former collegiate rower and recent triathlete, he understands the mindset of athletes. He is actively engaged in advancing the field of sports medicine through research, teaching, and his involvement with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He frequently teaches advanced arthroscopic techniques to surgeons from all over the globe through the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He specializes in sports medicine, including arthroscopy and reconstructive procedures of the knee, shoulder, and hip.


  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Honors and Awards

  • 2021, “Top Doctor”, Boston Magazine
  • 2020, “Top Doctor”, Boston Magazine
  • 2018, Traveling Fellow of the Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • 2017, Selected as an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association
  • 2014, Editor’s Choice Award, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Reviews
  • 2012, Chief Resident Teaching and Mentoring Award, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency
  • 2011-2012, Administrative Chief Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dept. of Orthopaedics
  • 2007, Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 2004-2005, Columbia P&S Physiology Review Instructor Teaching Award
  • 2002, Graduated with Honors in Biochemistry, Brown University

Professional Memberships

  • Team Physician for Tufts University, Emerson College, Quincy Militia, North Quincy High School and Quincy High School
  • Former Assistant Team Physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Publications and National Presentations

  • Management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries in Adults Over the Age of 40. Salzler M, Chang J, Richmond JR. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2018.
  • Degenerative Meniscus Tears – Assimilation of Evidence and Consensus Statements Across Three Continents: State of the Art. Stone J, Salzler M, Parker D, Becker R, Harner C. Journal of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 2017.
  • State-of-the-art Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears: A Primer for Primary Care Physicians. Salzler M, Nwachukwu BU, Rosas S, Nguyen C, Law TY, Eberle T, McCormick F. The Physician and Sports Medicine. May 2015
  • Fluoroscopic Determination of the Tibial Insertion of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament in the Sagittal Plane. Salim R, Salzler MJ, Bergin MA, Zheng L, Carey RE, Kfuri M Jr, Zhang X, Harner CD. American Journal of Sports Medicine. May 2015.
  • Complications Following Arthroscopic Knee Surgery. Salzler M, Lin A, Miller C, Herold S, Irrgang J, Harner C. American Journal of Sports Medicine. Feb 2014.
  • Placement of the Tunnel for the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee: A Critical Analysis Review. Salzler M, Harner C. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Reviews. Apr 2014.
  • Assessment and Treatment of Malnutrition in Orthopaedic Surgery. Deren M, Huleatt J, Winkler M, Albina J, Rubin L, Salzler M, Behrens S. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Reviews. Sept 2014.
  • A “Natural” Transition? Biomechanics of Habitually Shod Runners Switching to Minimalist Footwear. Salzler M, Kirwan H, Scarborough D, Berkson E. 2014 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting.
  • Review of Femoroactabular Impingement and Hip Arthroscopy in the Athlete. Tranovich M, Salzler M, Wright V. The Physician and Sports Medicine. Feb 2014.
  • Preoperative MR Arthrography Underestimates Arthroscopically Identified Acetabular Chondral Lesions. Wright V, Tranovich M, Salzler M, Casagranda B, Costello J. Podium Presentation. International Society for Hip Arthroscopy 2013 Annual Meeting.
  • All-arthroscopic Anatomic Repair of an Avulsed Popliteus Tendon in a Multiple Ligament-injured Knee. Salzler MJ, Martin SD. Orthopedics. Jun 2012.
  • Outcome of Fasciotomy in Runners with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome. Salzler M, Nasreddine A, Kocher M. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2012 Annual Meeting.
  • Injuries Observed in Minimalist Runners. Salzler M, Bluman E, Noonan S, Chiodo C, de Asla R. Foot and Ankle International. Apr 2012.