Medical Profiles: Matthew R. Poulsen, M.D.


Blue Rock Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 3152 N. University Ave., #130, Provo (801) 356-0233

Dr. Matthew Poulsen is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine, with a primary focus on knee and shoulder surgery. He has a particular passion and expertise for anatomic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery. He focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatments for adult and pediatric sports medicine-type injuries.

   After receiving his bachelor’s of science degree in exercise physiology at BYU, he earned his doctor of medicine degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

   Next, he completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky, where he worked closely with the university’s sports teams and physicians. While in Kentucky, Dr. Poulsen learned the latest techniques relating to knee and shoulder surgery.

   Dr. Poulsen is passionate about athletics and fitness. As a sports medicine physician treating active patients, he feels strongly that he should be active and fit.

Dr. Poulsen was a champion track and cross country runner while at BYU, and he has continued running during his medical career. He recently placed sixth overall in the St. George Marathon and first overall in the American Fork Canyon and Snow Canyon half marathons. In addition, he represented the St. George Marathon at a half marathon in Ibigawa, Japan.

   Having experienced many athletic injuries, Dr. Poulsen understands the need and desire to return to sports and other activities as soon as possible. Also, based on his experience, he is empathetic to the emotional difficulties associated with temporarily being “out of the game” because of injury.

   Dr. Poulsen is an exceptionally skilled surgeon and is thrilled with the opportunity to serve patients in Utah. Nothing gives him more satisfaction than helping patients “get back in the game” and resume sports and other activities.

   When not helping patients, Dr. Poulsen enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Medical Tip: In active patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, surgery is almost always needed. During surgery, it is important that the ACL be reconstructed anatomically (i.e., making sure the native insertion points are re-created). During fellowship at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Matthew Poulsen learned the latest, recently-developed anatomic ACL surgical techniques.
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