Mathew Pombo, MD

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Mathew Pombo, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

About Dr. Mathew Pombo

4.9 out of 5 (34 ratings)

Dr. Pombo joins Northside Hospital Sports Medicine as a highly respected surgeon in the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Community. He is the Director of Northside Hospital’s Soccer Medicine Program and is considered one of the leading experts on youth and adult sports injuries, surgery of the shoulder and knee, sports medicine and the aging athlete, and is well known as a national/international leader in the field of soccer medicine. Dr. Pombo is internationally recognized as a FIFA diplomat certifying him as a specialist in soccer medicine and soccer injuries. Dr. Pombo currently serves as a pool physician for the US Soccer Federation and a consultant for several professional soccer clubs throughout North America. He is the head team physician for several Atlanta area high schools and is a consultant for several soccer clubs in the Atlanta area. Dr. Pombo enjoys taking care of athletes of all ages and keeping them engaged in an active lifestyle no matter what sport or activity they are involved in..

Dr. Pombo has numerous research publications, book chapters, and presentations in the field of sports medicine, shoulder, and knee surgery. Some of Dr. Pombo’s research highlights include describing the anatomic placement of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and the technique for anatomic double bundle ACL surgery. The article has been one of the most referenced articles in the last 10 years in the Journal of Arthroscopy. Dr. Pombo has also written one of the original articles describing the technique for proximal hamstring repair in the United States. He has several ongoing studies regarding surgical treatment of ACL’s and the prove ruin if injury. . Dr. Pombo has been recognized as one of “Atlanta’s Top Doctors” and his work and opinions have been featured on several major television networks including CBS, ABC, CNN, and ESPN.

Dr. Pombo is a native of Atlanta and graduated from Duluth High School and attended Georgia Tech. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia as one of the youngest members of his medical school class after enrolling early. Dr. Pombo is also one of the youngest members inducted to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society. Dr. Pombo completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Wake Forest University, where he was awarded the annual David Pollack Sr. outstanding resident award and the annual top orthopaedic in-training exam award multiple times. Dr. Pombo completed his Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and ShoulderSurgery Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Center, where he served as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, The University of Pittsburgh athletics, Duquesne University athletics, and the Pittsburgh ballet.

Additional Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric/Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, and ankle.
  • ACL Surgery
  • Knee Ligament, Cartilage, and Meniscus Injuries
  • Patella Dislocation/Subluxation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Proximal Hamstring Avulsions
  • Tendon injuries/tears
  • Aging Athletes
  • Exercise Induced Compartment syndrome

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia Fellow, Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Resident, Orthopedic Surgery, Bowman Grey Center for Medical Education, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Intern, General Surgery, Bowman Grey Center for Medical Education, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Bioengineering Major, Mechanical Engineering Minor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Certifications and Affiliations

  • Diplomat, FIFA
  • Diplomat, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Member, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, Southern Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society
  • Former Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Former Director, Emory Soccer Medicine Program
  • Former Co-Director, Emory Sports Concussion Program

Awards & Honors

  • OITE High Score Award, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (95th percentile or above), 2007
  • Academic Achievement Award, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 2006
  • Frank E. Pollock, M.D. Academic Excellence Award, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 2004


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