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Physician Profile

Joel M. Matta, MD

Joel M. Matta, MDDr. Joel Matta is an Orthopaedic Surgeon Practicing Hip and Pelvic Reconstruction.

He is the founder and director of the Hip & Pelvis Institute

Medical Services

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon Practicing Hip and Pelvic Reconstruction.

Years in Practice

  • 34


  • Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1981
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1983
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (charter member), 1986
  • International Hip Society, elected 1987
  • American Hip Society, elected 1995
  • Director, The Emile Letournel Institute, 1995
  • Founder and Chairman, Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty Collaborative, 2005
  • Founder and Director, Hip and Pelvis Institute at St John’s Health Center, 2006
  • Full time Faculty Member, USC School of Medicine 1980-1990

Hospital Affiliation / Admitting Privileges

  • Saint John’s Hospital

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized national and international lecturer regarding hip and pelvis surgery
  • Largest single surgeon data base regarding operative treatment and results of pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Designer of orthopedic products including, fracture fixation implants, orthopedic surgical instruments, primary and revision hip replacement prostheses, and orthopedic operating tables


Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine – 1973



Kern General Hospital – 1974



LAC / USC Med Center – 1978

Rancho Los Amigos – 1979

Martin Luther King – 1980

  1. Ferguson, T.A.; Patel, R.; Bhandari, M.; Matta, J.M.: Fracture of the acetabulum in patients aged 60 years and older. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010. 92(2):250-7
  2. Mast, N.H.; Munoz, M.; Matta, J.M: Simultaneous Bilateral Supine Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty: Evaluation of Early Complications and Short-Term Rehabilitation. Ortho Clinics of North America. 40(3):351-356, July 2009.
  3. Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty Collaborative (ATHAC) Investigators: Outcomes Following the Single-Incision Anterior Approach to Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Multicenter Observational Study. Ortho Clinics of North America. 40(3):329-342, July 2009.
  4. Matta, J.M., Yerasimides J.G.: Table-skeletal fixation as an adjunct to pelvic ring reduction. J Orthop Trauma.  21(9):647-656. Oct 2007
  5. Matta, J.M. and Kreuzer, S. “Single-Incision Anterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty: Smith-Petersen Approach.” Limited Incisions for Total Hip Arthroplasty. Ed O’Connor, M.I. Rosemont, IL: AAOS. 2007. Chpt.1 pp 1-14
  6. Matta, J.M.; Mehne, D.K.; Roffi, R.: Fractures of the Acetabulum: Early Results of a Prospective Study. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 205:241-250, April 1986.
  7. Matta, J.M.; Anderson, L.M.; Epstein, H.C.; Hendricks, P.: Fractures of the Acetabulum: A Retrospective Analysis. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 205:230-240, April 1986.
  8. Matta, J.M. and Merritt, P.O.: Displaced Acetabular Fractures. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 1988.
  9. Matta, J.M. and Saucedo, T.: Internal Fixation of Pelvic Ring Injuries. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 242:83-97, 1989.
  10. Olson, S.A. and Matta, J.M.: The Computerized Tomography Subchondral Arc: A New Method of Assessing Acetabular Articular Continuity After Fracture (A Preliminary Report).J. Orthop. Trauma, 7:402-413, 1993.
  11. Fishmann, A.J.; Greeno, R.A.; Brooks, L.R.; Matta, J.M.: Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism in Acetabular and Pelvic Fracture Surgery. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 305:133-137, August 1994.
  12. Matta, J.M.: Operative Treatment of Acetabulum Fractures Through the Ilioinguinal Approach: A 10 Year Perspective. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 305:10-19, August 1994.
  13. Ghalambor, N.; Matta, J.M.; Bernstein, L.: Heterotopic Ossification Following Operative Treatment of Acetabular Fractures. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 305:96-105, August 1994.
  14. Mayo, K.; Letournel, E.; Matta, J.M.; Mast, J.W.; Johnson, E.E.; Martimbeau, C.: Surgical Revision of Malreduced Acetabular Fractures. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 305:47-52, August 1994.
  15. Johnson, E.E.; Matta, J.M.; Mast, J.W.; Letournel, E.: Delayed Reconstruction of Acetabular Fractures 21-120 Days Following Injury. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 305: 20-30, August 1994.
  16. Tornetta, P.; Matta, J.M.: Outcome of Operatively Treated Unstable Posterior Pelvic Ring Disruptions. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 329:186-193, August 1996.
  17. Matta, J.M.; Dickson, K.F.; Markovich, G.: Surgical Treatment of Pelvic Nonunions and Malunions. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 329:199-206, August 1996.
  18. Matta, J.M.: Indications for Anterior Fixation of Pelvic Ring Fractures. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 329:88-96, August 1996.
  19. Tornetta, P.; Dickson, K.F.; Matta, J.M.: Outcome of Rotationally Unstable Pelvic Ring Injuries Treated Operatively. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 329:147-151, August 1996.
  20. Reilly, M.D.; Zinar, D.M.; Matta, J.M.: Neurologic Injuries in Pelvic Ring Fractures. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 329:28-36, August 1996.
  21. Matta, J.M.; Tornetta, P.: Internal Fixation of Unstable Pelvic Ring Injuries. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 329:129-140, August 1996.
  22. Matta, J.M.: Fractures of the Acetabulum: Reduction Accuracy and Clinical Results of Fractures Operated Within Three Weeks of Injury. JBJS, 78A:1632-1645, November 1996.
  23. Matta, J.M.; Siebenrock, K.A.: Hip Fusion Through an Anterior Approach with Use of a Ventral Plate. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 337:129-139.
  24. Matta, J.M.; Siebenrock, K.A.: Does Indomethacin Reduce Heterotopic Bone Formation After Operation for Acetabular Fractures? JBJS, 79B #6: 959-963, November 1997.
  25. Hak, D.J.; Olson, S.A.; Matta, J.M.: Diagnosis and Management of Closed Internal Degloving Injuries Associated with Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures: The Morel-Lavellee Lesion. J. of Trauma: Injury, Infection & Critical Care, 42 #6, 1997.
  26. Moore, R.S.; Stover, M.D.; Matta, J.M.: Late Posterior Instability of the Pelvis after Resection of the Symphysis Pubis for Treatment of Osteitis Pubis. JBJS, 80A #7, July 1998.
  27. Matta, J.M.; Stover, M.D.; Siebenrock, K.: Periacetabular Osteotomy Through the Smith-Peterson Approach. CLIN. ORTHOP. & REL. RES., 363:21-32, June 1999
  28. Matta, J.M.; Ferguson, T.A.: The Anterior Approach for Hip Replacement. Orthopedics, vol 28, no. 9; p. 927-928, September 2005.
  29. Matta, Joel M.;  Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement:  Background and Operative Technique;  Chapter 8 pp121-140 in MIS Techniques in Orthopedics (Scuderi, G.R., Tria, A.J., Berger, R.A. editors);  copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
  30. Matta, J.M.; Ferguson, T.A.: The Anterior Approach for Hip Replacement. Orthopedics, vol 28, no. 9; p. 927-928,
    September 2005.
  31. Yerasimides, J.G.; Matta, J.M.: Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty with a Minimally Invasive Anterior Approach.  Seminars
    in Arthroplasty, vol 16, no.3, p. 186-190, September 2005.
  32. Matta, J.M.; Shahrdar, C.; Ferguson, T.: Single-Incision Anterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty on an Orthopaedic Table.  Clin Orthop Rel Res, no. 441, p 115-124, December 2005.