Dr. Matt Koepplinger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Koepplinger specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery. Dr. Koepplinger treats variety of disorders, including trauma and fractures, ligamentous injuries, tendon, and nerve, and arthritis of the shoulder, wrist, elbow, and hand. He also treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Trigger Finger, Tennis Elbow, and other sports injuries of the upper extremities.

Dr. Koepplinger received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. His training includes an internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, and a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Koepplinger is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.


Undergraduate Degree
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Masters of Science
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Medical Degree
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, Ohio
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio
Hand Surgery Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Trauma and fractures of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand
Ligamentous injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand
Tendon injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand
Nerve injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome
Arthritis of the elbow, wrist and hand
Congenital anomalies of the elbow, wrist and hand
Trigger finger
Tennis elbow
Sports injuries involving the elbow, wrist and hand


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ME Koepplinger, CT Mehlman, RL Brown, M Gittelman, VF Garcia. “All Terrain Vehicle-Related Injuries in Children: A Nine Year Epidemiological Study & Comparison to Bicycle-Related Trauma”. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, March 2002.Presented at the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America 2002 Annual Meeting, May 2-5, 2002, Salt Lake City, Utah.

CT Mehlman, ME Koepplinger. “Growth Plate (Physeal) Fractures.” Chapter for

ME Koepplinger, CT Mehlman. “The Sever-L’Episcopo Procedure – A hyphenated history”. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 27(5), July-Aug 2007, 533-536.

RJ Nowinski, CT Mehlman, ME Koepplinger. “Posterior Shoulder Instability”. Chapter for

ME Koepplinger, TD Jaeblon. “Venous thromboembolism diagnosis and prophylaxis in the trauma population.” Current Orthopedic Practice; May-June 2010; 21(3): 301-305.

ME Koepplinger, KR Davis, L Ellis. “Case Presentations of Complicated Compartment Syndromes of the Thigh. Two cases presented: 1) Predisposed by heterotopic ossification; 2) Recurrence following blunt trauma.” Current Orthopedic Practice: Jan-Feb 2011; 22(1): 116-121.