Our Member of the Week blog introduces you to our fellow level members, showcasing their unique work and commitment to IOF. We feature different fellows who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Interventional Orthopedics.
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Meet Dr. Zaid Matti
IOF is proud to have members from across the world! Today’s featured member is Dr. Zaid Matti, a New Zealand-based specialist in musculoskeletal medicine.
Dr. Matti has a special interest in regenerative medicine and pain management in osteoarthritis and tendinopathy. His current practice focuses on image-guided platelet rich Plasma (PRP) injections/stem cell therapy as a non-surgical management option for osteoarthritis and tendinopathy.
Over 12 years ago Dr. Matti’s journey started with practicing medicine in New Zealand. He completed post-graduate training in multiple hospitals across New Zealand. Over the years, Dr. Matti completed further postgraduate study and qualifications in sports medicine, surgical anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. He worked at multiple orthopedics surgical posts at many hospitals across New Zealand. In 2015, Dr. Matti moved to community-based medicine, working in general practice and urgent care while taking formal specialty training in musculoskeletal medicine
Dr. Matti is passionate about the principle of regenerative musculoskeletal medicine. This evolving field utilizes cellular therapies or orthobiologics combined with precise delivery into musculoskeletal tissue under the guidance of ultrasound or x-ray. He is an advocate for promoting ethical research, marketing and clinical application of orthobiologics.
Currently, Dr. Matti is the medical director of RegenCellular Limited, a company that offers commercial culture expanded stem cell therapy in Australasia.
Q&A with Dr. Matti
IOF: How has IOF impacted you the most?
Dr. Matti: It has shaped my views of how we treat musculoskeletal problems. Historically, we used to either medicate or operate as a treatment option. Now we have an option in between the two, and it is safer than both. It’s like the day Apple announced the iPad over 10 years ago when we only had a cell phone and the computer, but now we have a tablet device that fills the gap in between. That’s how I see orthobiologics.
Who are your biggest mentors in regenerative medicine & why?
The late Gerald Malanga. I met him many years ago at TOBI conference, and he made me join IOF when he was president at that time, and the rest is history from there. I cannot thank him enough. His soul may Rest In Peace. We have lost a pioneer and great teacher.
Also, Dr. Centeno, as I follow his education and analogies in a lot of what I treat. He produced more educational content for IOF than anyone else.
What do you treat most frequently with regenerative medicine?
I treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems with regenerative treatments, in particular low back pain, hip pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.