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About Dr. Willis

Matthew P. Willis, M.D. is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who is a specialist in disorders of the Shoulder. During his Shoulder and Elbow fellowship at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Willis received extensive training in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery including rotator cuff and labral repair, shoulder and elbow replacement, sports injuries, and fractures of the upper extremity. Additional areas of training and interest include sports medicine, treatment of arthritis, and general fracture care. He serves as an instructor at shoulder replacement courses, and hosts visiting orthopedic surgeons for additional instruction. He has authored numerous shoulder-related publications including the most recent chapter on reverse shoulder replacement in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons book on shoulder replacement. He also is currently a visiting instructor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Orthopedics.

Dr. Willis, a native of East Tennessee, graduated from The McCallie School and Rhodes College, where he played varsity baseball and rugby. This experience allows him to understand the unique needs of both the elite athlete as well as the weekend warrior. He graduated in the top ten percent of his class at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. His orthopaedic residency was then completed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, followed by a subspecialty fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute under Dr. Mark Frankle and Dr. Mark Mighell.

Dr. Willis is on the medical staff of Baptist Hospital and Centennial Medical Center, and maintains membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Arthroscopy Association of North America. He volunteers with Faith Family Medical Clinic to assist patients in need. Outside of orthopaedics, he enjoys spending time with his wife Lindsay, golfing, basketball, skiing, baseball, and crossfit.

Publication List:

Matthew Willis MD, Matthew Walker MD, Mark Frankle MD. Chapter 6: Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. In: Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo MD PhD (Ed) AAOS Monograph on Shoulder Arthroplasty. May 2012

Matthew Willis MD, Matthew Walker MD, Jordan Brooks BA, William Min MD, Phillip Mulieri MD, Mark Frankle MD. Proximal Humeral Malunion Treated With Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2012 Apr;21(4):507-13.

Matthew Willis MD, Jordan Brooks BS, Brian Badman MD, Robert Gaines MD, Mark A Mighell MD, Roy Sanders MD. Treatment of Atrophic Diaphyseal Humeral Nonunions with Compressive Locked Plating Augmented with an Intramedullary Strut Allograft. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2012 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Matthew Willis MD, Mark Frankle MD. Invited commentary on “Functional Outcome after Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Intra-articular Fractures of the Distal Humerus in the Elderly” by Huang et al. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, May 2011. Volume 25, issue 5. Pp 259-265.

Emilie Cheung MD, Matthew Willis MD, Matthew Walker MD, Rachel Clark BA, Mark Frankle MD. Complications in Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2011 Jul;19(7):439-49.

Matthew Walker MD, Jordan Brooks BS, Matthew Willis MD, Mark Frankle MD. How Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Works. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2011 Sep;469(9):2440-51.

Matthew Walker MD, Matthew Willis MD, Jordan Brooks BS, Derek Pupello, Philip Mulieri MD/PhD, Mark Frankle MD. The Use of the Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for Treatment of Failed Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2012 Apr;21(4):514-22.

Sergio Gutiérrez PhD, Matthew Walker MD, Matthew Willis MD, Derek Pupello, Mark Frankle MD. Effects of tilt and glenosphere eccentricity on baseplate/bone interface forces in a computational model, validated by a mechanical model, of reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2011 Jul;20(5):732-9.

Jaron Andersen MD, Matthew Willis MD, Ryan Nelson DO, Mark Mighell MD. Precontoured Superior Locked Plating of Distal Clavicle Fractures: A New Strategy. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2011 Dec;469(12):3344-50.