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Sports Medicine + Shoulder Program

Get treatment from sports medicine doctors who are also team physicians

A doctor works on a patient's leg at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA. Whether you’re a high-school, college or elite athlete — or just like to stay physically active — the Sports Medicine Program at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston can help you return to action following an injury. Our specialists are not only experienced orthopaedic surgeons, they’re also team physicians and former college athletes.

Christopher Geary, MD, our program chief, worked with Major League Baseball players as a team physician for the San Diego Padres. A former college rugby player, he regularly provides commentary on the health of pro athletes to the Boston media and continuously advances his surgical skills by teaching other specialists in laboratory seminars. Dr. Geary often reviews articles for “The American Journal of Sports Medicine.”

Matthew Salzler, MD, specializes in sports medicine, including arthroscopy and reconstructive procedures of the knee, shoulder, and hip. A former collegiate rower and recent triathlete, he is the team physician for Tufts University, Emerson College, the Quincy Militia semi-pro football team, as well as Quincy and North Quincy High Schools. He previously worked as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon. He is actively engaged in advancing the field of sports medicine through research, teaching, and his involvement with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

When you come to our program, you’ll get to know your sports medicine physicians well. Drs. Geary and Salzler will manage your care, and if you need surgery, perform your procedure personally.

We treat the complete range of athletic injuries

Our team has years of experience in diagnosing and treating the full range of injuries and chronic conditions affecting athletes and the physically active. Additionally, we help many people hurt at work return to their jobs, including firefighters, police officers and construction workers.

Drs. Geary and Salzler's extensive experience and training covers advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment, and every year we perform hundreds of minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for knees, shoulders and ankles.

The spectrum of care we cover includes:

  • Knee ligament injuries (ACL, LCL, MCL and PCL )
  • Meniscus surgery, such as repairs
  • Patellofemoral disorders, such as “runner’s knee”
  • Achilles and other lower extremity tendon repairs
  • Cartilage restoration and joint preservation
  • Osteotomy for early  onset of arthritis
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Shoulder dislocations and instability
  • Shoulder arthritis and shoulder replacements
  • Throwing injuries

We’ll help you to get back in the game — and stay there

Here is where our experience as athletes and team physicians comes into play: we’ll not only treat your injury but develop a personalized care plan to cover every aspect of your health needed to return to peak performance. Your plan will include rehabilitation at our nearby Physical Therapy Department, or we can contact your local physical therapist so you can follow your plan close to home.

Physical therapy at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Additionally, we’ll advise you about preventing injury and design a specialized program to help increase your performance in the sports you’re passionate about.

Best of all, it doesn't take weeks to make an appointment to see the same doctors who treat professional and Olympic athletes. For all sports-related problems, we see most patients within a week.

To learn about sports injuries and other topics related to sports medicine, visit:, a national campaign to prevent youth sports injuries and keep kids in the game for life!

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for information about the ACL, Meniscus and Rotator Cuff.

To schedule an appointment at the Tufts Medical Center Sports Medicine Clinic, call 844-TUFTS-MC               (844-883-8762).

Christopher Geary, MD

Christopher Geary, MD

Title(s): Orthopedic Surgeon; Chief of Sports Medicine; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Orthopedics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5148
Fax #: 617-636-5178

Shoulder instability and dislocation, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, shoulder arthritis and joint replacement, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for shoulder, knee, hip and ankle, cartilage injuries and joint preservation, meniscus repair, management of knee ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL), multi-ligament knee injuries and reconstruction, overuse injuries in athletes, adult and adolescent sports medicine, women’s sports injuries and prevention

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Matthew Salzler, MD

Matthew Salzler, MD

Title(s): Orthopaedic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Orthopedics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3369
Fax #: 617-636-5178

Sports medicine including arthroscopy and reconstructive procedures of the knee, shoulder and hip

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