Dr. Matthew D. Williams is a fellowship-trained and board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder replacement surgery, arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder, and surgery of the elbow. He is nationally and internationally trained in shoulder replacement surgery and is a specialist in total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, and revision shoulder replacements (the treatment of painful or failed shoulder replacements). Dr. Williams completed his fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center. In addition, Dr. Williams completed a highly coveted fellowship program in shoulder surgery at the renowned Clinique St. Anne Lumiere in Lyon, France with Dr. Gilles Walch and the co-inventors of the internationally recognized reverse shoulder arthroplasty procedure. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty is usually reserved for individuals who possess complex problems of the shoulder and are rotator cuff deficient. It represents an improvement over traditional treatment options because it allows for better function and motion. The procedure has also allowed treatment for a larger segment of patients, who until recently did not have any realistic surgical options. Prior his fellowship, Dr. Williams completed his residency training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He obtained his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and bachelor's degree from Millsaps College in Mississippi.
Dr. Williams is academically active and has authored articles and book chapters on shoulder replacement, shoulder arthritis, shoulder instability, and shoulder stiffness. He has presented scientific papers at national and international meetings. In 2008 The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons recognized Dr. Williams with the Mel Post research award for research concerning reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery for the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and takes an active role in educating current orthopedic surgery residents at UMC in Lafayette. Dr. Williams serves with his partners as team physicians for the UL Ragin Cajuns. Dr. Williams' top priorities are to keep open communication with patients and referring physicians and to be accessible and approachable for any orthopedic problems, especially challenging shoulder issues.