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Biography

Dr. Matthew Gnirke is a board certified, fellowship trained physiatrist who focuses on interventional sports, spine, and regenerative medicine. 

His practice centers on the proper diagnosis, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. 

 

He completed undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech, where he graduated summa cum laude in biological sciences. He returned to his home state of New York for medical school at Upstate Medical University. During medical school he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

 

His love for Colorado began during residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, where he was chief resident. He went on to complete advanced fellowship training in interventional sports, spine and regenerative medicine and is board-certified by the American Board of PM&R. 

 

Dr. Gnirke utilizes precise musculoskeletal ultrasound and fluoroscopy to localize and treat joint, tendon, ligament, and nerve disorders. He is fellowship trained in the use of regenerative medicine including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow-derived stem cells to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. 

Specifically, Dr. Gnirke provides evidenced-based orthobiologic treatments for degenerative disc disease, arthritis, meniscus tears, several tendon related disorders including rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, and greater trochanteric pain syndrome among other disorders. 

 

In addition to biologic treatments, Dr. Gnirke also performs conventional sports and spine procedures including electromyography, fluoroscopy guided epidural steroid injections, facet and SI joint injections and ablations as well as ultrasound-guided joint, tendon, and nerve injections. 

 

In his free time, Dr. Gnirke likes to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer being an avid rockhound, hiker, cyclist, and skier. Dr Gnirke is also an experienced wingsuit skydiver and BASE jumper. He is a lifelong grappler having grown up wrestling and he continues to train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

 

Being an athlete himself, Dr. Matthew Gnirke personally understands how important a proper diagnosis and precise treatment is to maximize performance in sport and life.

Education & Training

Fellowship in Sports & Spine Medicine

Marko Bodor, MD

Napa, California

Residency in Physical Medicine

& Rehabilitation

University Hospital 

University of Colorado 

Denver, Colorado

Doctor of Medicine

Upstate Medical University

Syracuse, New York

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Summa Cum Laude, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Blacksburg, Virginia

Certifications

Board Certified

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Professional Affiliations

2017 North American Spine Society

Member In-Training

2015 American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Fellow Member

2014 Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society Member - Upstate Medical University Gamma Chapter

2009 Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society Member - Virginia Tech Chapter

Research Publications

2016 - 2018 Resident Research

Determining risk factors for injury and prognostic factors for recovery in high school sports injuries as part of the National High School-Related Injury Surveillance Study. 

Mentor: Scott Laker, MD, University of Colorado

2009-2012 Graduate Research

Investigation of neuroanatomical and functional endophenotypes in the development of schizophrenia. 

Mentor: Wendy Kates, PhD. Upstate Medical University

2005-2009 Undergraduate Research Assistant

Characterization of the light-dependent magnetic compass orientation behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. 

Mentor: John Phillips, PhD, Virginia Tech