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Matava elected to Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Honored for role as team physician for Rams, Blues, WashU

November 2, 2018

Matthew J. Matava, MD, has been selected for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement in St. Louis. A professor of orthopedic surgery and of physical therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he is one of 16 people selected for enshrinement in 2018.

Among the others to be enshrined Nov. 4 are former NFL all-pro receiver Isaac Bruce, six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and former MLB players Mark Buehrle and Bernard Gilkey. Those individuals are joined by two high school sports programs being recognized for their excellence: the Incarnate Word Academy basketball program and the Christian Brothers College High School soccer program.

Matava was chosen for his contributions as a team physician for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams from 2001-2015 and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. Since 1994, he also has served as head team physician for Washington University Athletics. He also is chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Sports Medicine Service and a former president of the NFL Physicians Society.

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Matthew Matava, MD, checks on an injured player for the St. Louis Rams. Matava was a team doctor when the team was in St. Louis.