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Matthew J. Griffin, M.D.

Dr. Griffin is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in Surgery of the Foot and Ankle. He joined Dr. Dreeben’s La Jolla based FootMD practice in August of 2017 and is part of Synergy Specialist Medical Group of Orthopedic Surgeons. Originally from Orange County, Dr. Griffin attended the University of California, Irvine for undergraduate studies graduating in the top one-percent of his class (summa cum laude). He stayed at the University of California, Irvine for medical school graduating in the top of his class (alpha omega alpha). His Orthopaedic Surgery residency was completed at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Centers in the country and Keck Hospital of USC. He completed a post-residency fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery with internationally recognized field leader and innovator Michael J. Coughlin, M.D. at the Coughlin Clinic in Boise, Idaho.

His foot and ankle practice focuses on all aspects of foot and ankle care including total ankle replacement, arthroscopy, sports related injuries, hallux valgus (bunions), hallux rigidus, rheumatoid arthritis foot pathology, lateral ligament reconstructions, plantar fasciitis/tarsal tunnel syndrome, hammertoes/mallet toes, plantar plate deficiency, trauma and complex hindfoot deformity reconstruction.

Dr. Griffin is committed to continuing to provide the highest quality care for his patients. After a comprehensive evaluation, he provides individualized treatment, using leading-edge techniques when needed. It’s important to note that not all foot and ankle conditions need surgery. A careful risk and benefit approach is used which is unique to each patient and their associated condition.

He currently is also serving as Orthopaedic Team Physician for the San Diego Gulls AHL Hockey Team. In his free time, Dr. Griffin enjoys cycling, hiking, classic cars and spending time with his family.

Dr. Griffin is accepting new patients and has privileges at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and the Outpatient Surgery Center of La Jolla.


2016-2017 The Idaho Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship with mentor Michael J. Coughlin, M.D., Christopher B. Hirose, M.D. and C. Thomas Haytmanek, M.D. Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Boise, ID

2012-2016 University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
Orthopaedic Surgery.
Los Angeles, CA

2011-2012 University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
General Surgery/Orthopaedic Surgery.
Los Angeles, CA

Medical School
2007-2011 University of California, Irvine.
Irvine, CA

2001-2006 University of California, Irvine.
Irvine, CA



Professional Boards
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Board Eligible Physician
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Candidate Member

Griffin MJ, Olson K, Heckmann N, Charlton TP. Realtime Achilles Ultrasound Thompson (RAUT) Test for the Evaluation and Diagnosis of Acute Achilles Tendon Ruptures. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Jan;38(1):36-40. doi: 10.1177/1071100716669983

Other Awards
-American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Resident Physician Scholar, Chicago, IL, 2014

-Basic Science Certificate of Excellence, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA; School of Medicine, 2008

-Grace B. Bell Award in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA; School of Medicine, 2008

-Honors in Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA; School of Biological Sciences 2006

-Excellence in Research Award, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA; School of Biological Sciences 2006

-Golden Key International Honour Society, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2005

-Numerous Research Presentations, Guest Speaker Engagements, Undergraduate Research, Dean’s Lists and Volunteer Experiences


Sharon M. Dreeben, M.D.

Sharon Dreeben, M.D., is a prominent medical expert in foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Dreeben has worked with the national news media on a wide range of issues affecting foot health, including women’s footwear, cosmetic surgery for the feet, as well as sports and dance injuries. Her commentary has appeared in numerous articles, and on radio and television programs. As the past Chair of the AOFAS (American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society) Public Education Committee, she helps to inform the public about important foot and ankle health issues.

Dr. Dreeben completed her undergraduate work at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry. She trained at Baylor University in Orthopaedic Surgery, and subsequently completed a foot and ankle fellowship with Roger Mann, M.D. She opened her practice in San Diego in 1989, exclusively for disorders of the foot and ankle.


Orthopaedic Fellowship
July-Jan 1991 Foot and Ankle Surgery
Roger A. Mann, M.D.
San Francisco, CA

Residency/Research Fellowship
1985-1990 Orthopaedic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

1984-1985 General Surgery
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Medical School
1980-1984 UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ

Graduate School
1979-1980 Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Toxicology Pilot Program
Johnson & Johnson

1975-1979 Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ


Private Practice
1990-Present Orthopaedic Surgery
Limited to Disorders of the Foot and Ankle


2004-2014 Orthopaedic Surgery
Re-certification Orthopaedic Surgery


1996-Present American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society


1996-Present San Diego Medical Society
California Medical Association
Western Orthopaedic Association


1981 Carbon Implant Biocompatibility
Study, FDA: Dreeben S.
Food and Drug Administration

1981 Electrical Stimulation of Rat
Tendon Cells: Dreeben, S.
Hershberg Award – Newark, NJ

1987 A New Method for Radiography of Weight Bearing Metatarsal Heads: Dreeben, S., Thomas P.B.M., Noble, P.C., Tullos, H.S.
CORE 224: 100-107

Metatarsal Osteotomy for Primary Metatarsalgia: Radiographic and Pedobarographic Study:
Dreeben, S.,et al.
Foot and Ankle 9 (5): 214-218, April

Soft Tissue and Tendon Injuries of the
Foot: Dreeben, S.
Orthopaedic Knowledge Update – AADS

1992 Soft Tissue Trauma of the Foot and
Ankle: Dreeben, S.
Current Opinion in Orthopaedics

Heel Pain; Sorting Through the Differential Diagnoses: Dreeben, S. Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, June

1994 Heel Pain Update: Dreeben, S.

1994 Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Knowledge Update – AOFAS, Sharon Dreeben, M.D.

1995 Complications of Bunion Surgery: Dreeben, S.
AAOS Regional Review Course, Los Angeles, CA

1996 Advanced Hallux Valgus Deformity:
Dreeben S., Mann, R.A. Foot and Ankle International Journal

Subtalar Arthroscopic Techniques
Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine

1999 Heel Pain in Women
Women’s Health Orthopaedic Edition

May 2000 Autologous Osteochondral Grafting for Talar Cartilage Defects: Raad A. Al-Shikh, M.D., et al, Sharon M. Dreeben
Foot & Ankle International: May 2000

October 2000 Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis. Loretta B. Chou, M.D., et al Sharon M. Dreeben, M.D.;
Foot & Ankle International Journal:
October 2000


1987 The Effects of Methods of Cement Enhancement on the Strength of Acrylic Cement Interfaces:
Dreeben, S., Nobel, P.C.
Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society
for Biomaterials

1987 Laser Augmentation of Epineural Repairs: An Electrophysiological, Functional and
Histological Study: Dreeben, S., Thomas, P.B.M., Noble, P.C.
Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society
for Biomaterials

1987 Metatarsal Osteotomy for Primary Metatarsalgia:
Radiographic and Pedobarographic Study: Dreeben, S.
Foot and Ankle Society Meeting, Santa Fe, NM