Vail Valley Surgery Centers are now open. In an effort to protect our patients, community and staff, we have updated our visitor policy. For surgical procedures, patients' designated ride/care provider will now only be allowed to enter the building when the patient is ready to be sent home. Only one adult per patient will be allowed. For minor procedures, including pain injections and GI endoscopy, no visitors will be allowed to enter (patient drop off and pick up only). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Joel M. Matta M.D.


Specialty: Orthopaedics

Contact Phone: (970) 476-1100

Education: Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine - 1973

Residency: LAC / USC Med Center – 1978
Rancho Los Amigos - 1979
Martin Luther King - 1980

  • Biography
  • Noteworthy
Dr. Joel Matta is an Orthopaedic Surgeon Practicing Hip and Pelvic Reconstruction. He is the founder and director of the Hip and Pelvis Institute at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. A veteran of 35 years in the practice of orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Matta also is the founding President of the Anterior Hip Foundation. He has published more than 30 articles and studies on the advancement of techniques and methods used to simplify and improve hip replacement, pelvic and acetabular fracture treatment and periacetabular osteotomy.
  • Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1981
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1983
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (charter member), 1986
  • International Hip Society, elected 1987
  • American Hip Society, elected 1995
  • Director, The Emile Letournel Institute, 1995
  • Founder and Chairman, Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty Collaborative, 2005
  • Founder and Director, Hip and Pelvis Institute at St John’s Health Center, 2006
  • Full time Faculty Member, USC School of Medicine 1980-1990

Awards & Honors
  • Recognized national and international lecturer regarding hip and pelvis surgery
  • Largest single surgeon data base regarding operative treatment and results of pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Designer of orthopedic products including, fracture fixation implants, orthopedic surgical instruments, primary and revision hip replacement prostheses, and orthopedic operating tables