CMH Regional Health System/Clinton Memorial Hospital has acquired the practice of longtime Wilmington orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Tom Matrka. Dr. Matrka’s staff remains intact and the only obvious change is that the practice will soon be called Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to reflect the addition in August of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Griesser, who has extensive training and experience in sports medicine.
As for Dr. Griesser, Dr. Matrka said, “He is a great and talented young man. I am very impressed with his credentials and I look forward to working with him.”
“I’m really excited about the potential for a sports medicine line of service for Clinton Memorial Hospital with the Wilmington College and area high schools,” Dr. Griesser said. “I would love for sports medicine to become a prominent part of our service line as it is a true passion of mine.“Having been an athlete, I understand the importance of prompt and comprehensive care in an athletic population.”
He will focus on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff and meniscus repair in addition to various other general orthopaedic procedures such as fracture work and total knee replacement.
Dr. Griesser was the class valedictorian in 1995 as a graduate of Carlisle High School. During high school, he was featured in Sports Illustrated’s long-standing feature on up and coming athletes, “Faces in the Crowd”, for his multiple national amateur tennis championship titles
He graduated with highest distinction (the top 1 percent) from Penn State University, State College, Pa., in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He did graduate course work in organic chemistry from 2001-02 at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Griesser attended the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, where he received his medical degree in June of 2006. He received a number of academic honors while in medical school and was among the top three graduates in his class.
He did an internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery from 2006-2011 at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and in July of this year will complete an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic.
During his tennis career at Penn State, he was team captain, an NCAA qualifier, Academic All-Big 10, received the Penn State Student Athlete Achievement Award and the Ernest B. McCoy Award, which goes to one graduating student-athlete who has shown the highest standards in “leadership, both academically and athletically.”
After college, he achieved world rankings in both singles and doubles in the ATP. He was honored at the highest level as a professional tennis instructor in 2000.
Dr. Griesser has served as a team physician for four professional teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, four collegiate athletic programs (including Ohio State football), the Cleveland Public High Schools, and multiple special athletic events.
Dr. Griesser is a past or current member of a number of professional organizations. Of note currently, he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, the International Cartilage Repair Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Columbus Orthopaedic Society, and the Ohio Orthopaedic Society and the Professional Tennis Registry.
He has had numerous peer-reviewed publications, published book chapters, podium and poster presentations and is currently involved in several research projects.
Dr. Griesser and his family are looking forward to becoming part of the area community. “I very much look forward to becoming part of the local community and developing a trusting and cooperative relationship with my patients,” Dr. Griesser said.
He currently lives in Columbus with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Taylor, 15, and Paige, 16 months, with a new baby girl due in September.