• Phone: 401-459-4001
  • Location(s): Ortho Rhode Island - Foundry
  • Specialties: Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Medicine
  • Operating Privileges: Kent Hospital, Kent Hospital, Southern New England Surgery Center

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Plante focuses his practice on adult and pediatric injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. He has a special interest in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, ACL and complex knee ligament reconstructions, shoulder instability and rotator cuff surgery, meniscal repair and cartilage restoration, and complex extremity trauma. He has had the opportunity to work with many professional, college, and high school teams including the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Providence Bruins, Brown University, Holy Cross, and the Providence Public Schools.

Dr. Plante shares his expertise through lecturing both locally and nationally on the latest techniques in ACL reconstruction and rotator cuff surgery, and he has been named an Associate Master Instructor by the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Additionally, he has published numerous articles and book chapters focusing on a variety of orthopedic trauma and sports medicine topics. He also co-directs a shoulder and knee arthroscopy course for engineers at the Depuy Mitek Learning Institute.

His approach to managing orthopedic injuries is a conservative one. When surgery is necessary, he explains the procedure in detail and takes the time to answer all questions. He performs all surgeries in their entirety, including skin closure. Following surgery, he supervises all aspects of postoperative rehabilitation to assure his patients the best possible outcome.


  • Undergraduate – Tulane University, 1999
  • Medical – Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2003
  • Internship – Rhode Island Hospital, 2004
  • Residency – Brown University, Orthopedic Surgery, 2008
  • Fellowship – Rhode Island Hospital, Orthopedic Trauma, 2009; UMASS Memorial Hospital, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, 2010

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine
Related Blog Posts

August 23, 2018 / Health Healthcare Interesting / Dr. Matthew Plante

Managing Postoperative Pain During an Opioid Epidemic

In accordance with new state regulations regarding opioid prescription pain medication, we have updated our policies at Ortho RI. Following your surgery, an opiate may be provided to reduce pain in the early postoperative period. We are required to check the RI Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This is a statewide database that tracks all controlled substance prescriptions you have received from any and all providers.

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September 29, 2017 / News Sports / Dr. Matthew Plante

Introducing Ortho RI Express!!

I saw a patient in my office recently that had injured his knee playing soccer. He had immediate pain and swelling in the knee. He was told at the field that he “needed to go to the ER.” He then went on to explain that he waited nearly 4 hours in the emergency room before being seen by one of the physicians. He was told that “nothing is broken”, and if his symptoms persisted, he should see an orthopedic doctor. His out of pocket cost for that visit to the emergency room was $1000.

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August 29, 2016 / Rotator Cuff Surgery Shoulder Sports Medicine Surgery / Dr. Matthew Plante

What to expect the day of rotator cuff surgery…

Patients undergoing rotator cuff surgery are typically quite anxious about what to expect on the day of the procedure. While every rotator cuff operation is slightly different, and there is some variability among surgeon protocols, the same basic principles apply.

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