Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.

Douglas T. Harryman II Endowed Chair in Shoulder and Elbow Research

Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.

Specialty: Shoulder & Elbow

College: B.A. University of Texas

Medical School: M.D. Baylor University College of Medicine

Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1968-1969

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1971-1974

Fellowships: Two fellowships in advanced shoulder reconstruction with Dr Charles S. Neer at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital, 1970s.

Board Certification: Board Certified

About Dr. Matsen

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I am a tenured full professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and the holder of the Douglas T. Harryman II Endowed Chair in Shoulder and Elbow Research. I specialize in shoulder reconstructive surgery, including the ream and run procedure, total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, total elbow replacement, and complex revision shoulder surgery.

Personal Interests

Family, hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, cycling, and health.

Patient Care Philosophy

I am dedicated to providing patients with the best knowledge regarding their shoulder condition along with the most current evidence-based information regarding the options available for their care. My patients have full access to my personal email so that all questions can be answered expeditiously. My goal is a full patient-surgeon partnership.

Clinical Interests

Optimizing safety and effectiveness for patients needing shoulder reconstruction.  I perform over 200 shoulder joint replacements per year for individuals with shoulder arthritis or complications of previous surgery.


English / Some French


Shoulder, total shoulder, reverse total shoulder, ream and run, and revision shoulder surgery.


Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center at UWMC - Roosevelt
UW Medical Center-Roosevelt II
Second Floor
4245 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 598-4288 


I am actively involved in research into the factors that affect the outcome of shoulder reconstructive surgery. The goal is to aggressively seek to improve the excellence of the care we can offer patients needing surgical care for their shoulder problem. 

I am also pioneering new approaches to reconstruction that allow individuals to return to high levels of activity. One particular example is the ‘ream and run’ procedure that avoids the potential limitations associated with a conventional total shoulder replacement.
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Surgeries & Diagnosis

Common Surgeries:

Total shoulder joint replacement
Ream and run
Reverse total shoulder joint replacement
Revision shoulder surgery

Common problems treated include:

Shoulder arthritis
Failed shoulder surgery


Recognition of teaching and research from the University of Washington as well as the American Orthopedic Associate, the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

More Information...

Inaugural holder of the Douglas T. Harryman II Endowed Chair for Shoulder and Elbow Research. Numerous honors for research, teaching, and clinical care.

Dr. Matsen featured on JBJS and VJO steaming video discusses the latest techniques in Ream & Run Humeral Hemiarthroplasty.

Dr. Matsen has been listed as Top Doctors in the category of Orthopedics/Joint Replacement. (News source: Seattle Magazine, 2008)

Dr. Matsen was featured in Orthopedics This week - The picture of success by Elizabeth Hofheinz, MEd, M

Dr. Matsen has received superb rating on (January 2012)



  • Founding Member and Past President American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Orthopedic Research Society
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • Washington State Orthopedic Association
  • King County Medical Association


Scientific Journal Publications:  


  • The Shoulder (co-edited with Charles Rockwood)
  • The Shoulder Principles and Procedures (with Steve Lippitt)
  • Practical Evaluation and Management of the Shoulder

AAOS Disclosures:

Submitted on: 03/03/2016
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