Matthew J. Hawkins, MD
As a former collegiate athlete, Dr. Matthew J. Hawkins understands the frame of mind of many of his patients and is able to relate to them on a very personal level. He works with many athletes, helping them to return to the active lifestyle they love, including competitive play.
For Dr. Hawkins, it’s the personal attention that distinguishes Essex Orthopaedics – taking time to explain a patient’s condition and educating them as to the options, surgical and non-surgical, and outcomes, coming to know the patient as an individual. Having on-site physical therapy through Optima Sports Therapy allows the practice to continue to be actively involved in a patient’s rehabilitation.
“I engage the patient, working to understand their injury or problem completely and — just as importantly — getting their full participation in their care, which is vital to optimal outcomes. I also spend time educating patients on the cause of their condition, how to correct mechanical issues and how to prevent future injury. I always put in the time it takes to do things right; that’s what the patient deserves and needs.”
Practice Emphasis: Sports Medicine, Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder, Foot & Ankle
Board-Certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Southern California Center for Sports Medicine, Long Beach, CA
Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
Internship: General Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
MD: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
BS: Biology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine; Arthroscopic Surgery; Knee, Shoulder, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction