Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Update

Dr. Matthew Silvis Med'02

Receives PSU Alumni Achievement Award

Matthew L. Silvis, M.D. Med'02 , an assistant professor for Family & Community Medicine and Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at the Penn State College of Medicine and the Medical Director for Primary Care Sports Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was honored as an Alumni Achievement Award recipient at University Park on April 9th.

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.

Since Silvis joined the Penn State staff in 2007, he has taught extensively in the clinical skills program for first-year and second-year medical students. He also has designed the curriculum for and started teaching an elective for fourth-year medical students in primary care sports medicine. In addition, Silvis has been instrumental in developing a sports concussion program in the College of Medicine. He received Exceptional Role Model and Exceptional Teacher awards in 2008 and 2009.

Following medical school, Silvis completed a family medicine residency at Wake Forest University. Upon graduation, he moved to Wyoming to work in a wilderness setting isolated from other medical providers by 75 miles. He joined three other family physicians in providing full-spectrum family medicine, including emergency medicine and trauma. Silvis returned to Wake Forest after one year and completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship.

His current research is on sports hernia in professional hockey players and was presented nationally in March at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ annual meeting

Silvis serves on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Board and the Education Committee of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is the team physician for the Hershey Bears Hockey Club and the Harrisburg Senators baseball organization.

Silvis lives in Hershey, Pa. with his wife, Christine, who is a 2002 graduate of Penn State University, and their children, Nicholas and Benjamin.

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