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Matthew D. Riedel, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Yale Orthopaedic Hip Fracture Program Committee Surgical Chair, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Co-Director of Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Resident Research, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Representative, Yale Graduate Medical Education Resident Well-Being Committee , Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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Matthew D. Riedel, MD

Patient Care Locations

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    P.O. Box 208071

    New Haven, CT 06520-8071

    United States



Dr. Matthew D. Riedel joined Yale Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Riedel, an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon and graduate of Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, says his passion for trying to unravel mechanical problems started at his father’s tool and die shop. He appreciated the puzzles his father faced in making the proper tools for the job, and the problem-solving associated with it. He wasn’t inherently focused on medicine from a young age, but was attracted to the field that allowed him to take an engineer’s approach to making patients whole. Orthopaedic traumatologists are required to be jacks-of-all-trades, Riedel says. “Everything that goes on here at Yale is centered around improving care and life for the patients. You have every different subspecialty available where physicians are able to work together as a team to solve complex problems using the latest research and technologies. That’s very appealing to me,” Riedel says.

Riedel joins the department after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School’s Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in June 2018, and was previously a Doris Duke Pre-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow at Columbia University Medical Center. “I love that my week is a mix of different things. I’m operating or in clinic most days each week. I’m doing research. I’m teaching. I’m doing all of these different things so that every day is different than the last, but it also allows me to keep things fresh,” Riedel says. “Every day I have an opportunity to help people, whether that’s by teaching, surgery, or improving people’s lives.” He takes his approach to the laboratory too, where his research has been published in Injury and The Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Riedel says that working at Yale allows him to not only continue performing surgeries, but also to be at the forefront of the latest research. “I’ve always enjoyed putting things together and the challenge of facing complex problems,” Riedel says. “Every case is different as a trauma surgeon. Everything you do, you think about in different ways. It challenges you every day because you don’t know what the next day may bring. I think that’s really fun and interesting to me.”

Education & Training

  • OMEGA Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow
    R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center/University of Maryland Medical Center (2019)
  • Chief Resident
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program (2018)
  • Resident
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program (2018)
  • Intern
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program (2014)
  • MD
    Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Medical Doctor (2013)
  • Doris Duke Pre-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow
    Children’s Hospital of New York/Columbia University Medical Center (2012)
  • NIH Summer Research Fellow
    Children’s Hospital of New York/Columbia University Medical Center (2008)
  • BA
    Washington University in St. Louis, Biology & Psychology (2008)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2023
Finalist Nominee for Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine AwardYale University2021
Finalist Nominee for Charles W. Bohmfalk Faculty Teaching Award, Yale University2020
Best Clinical PaperHarvard Orthopaedic Trauma Initiative2018
Best Clinical Research PaperHarvard Orthopaedic Surgery Residenct Program2018
Kilfoyle Award, 2nd PlaceNew England Orthopedic Society2018
Kilfoyle Award, 3rd PlaceNew England Orthopedic Society2016
New York Orthopaedic Hospital AwardColumbia University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery2013
Best Free PaperCombined 33rd Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT) & 17th Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association Orthopaedic World Conference2012
Best Pediatric PosterNational Student Research Forum2012
Cum LaudeWashington University in St. Louis2008
Dean's ListWashington University in St. Louis2006
National All-Academic Water Polo TeamCollegiate Water Polo Association2004

Professional Service

WFSB Television NewsWFSB Television News Interview – Safety and Concerns when Nighttime sledding2023
Orthopaedic Trauma Association - Practice Management CommitteeCommittee Member2019 - Present
BMJ Open – British Medical JournalReviewer2019 - Present
Injury – International Journal of the Care of the InjuredReviewer2018 - Present
Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program New Resident Selection CommitteeCommittee Member2017 - 2018
Orthopaedic Trauma AssociationMember2015 - Present
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical SchoolEditor2014 - 2018
AOTrauma North AmericaMember2014 - Present
New England Orthopaedic SocietyMember2013 - Present
American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsMember2013 - Present

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