Monday, July 27, 2015
Matthew Prohaska, MD has recently joined Dr. Richard Gagnon at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s Orthopaedic and Fracture clinic at 41 Sherman Drive. Dr. Prohaska is a full-time orthopaedic surgeon serving all orthopaedic needs including, but not limited to, knee and hip replacements including the anterior approach, minimally invasive knee and shoulder surgery, pediatric and adult fractures and sports injuries.
Dr. Prohaska grew up in Blackshear, Georgia, located in the southeast part of the state, near the coast. His father was a rural family physician.
Dr. Prohaska attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta GA, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Spanish. With the goal of pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering, he worked in a lab, but missed interacting with people. He pursued his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Deciding on orthopaedics combined his engineering background with his desire to build, fix and help to make joints and bodies work. Prohaska completed his orthopaedic residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; he received the orthopaedic resident teaching award while at Dartmouth.
“I chose NVRH because of its commitment to be a great rural hospital, and I am committed to practicing in a rural community. The hospital affords a great opportunity for me to help patients in many ways. I deeply appreciate the area and its culture, and enjoy the people and all they have to offer,” said Dr. Prohaska.
He has received honors and awards, published papers, and given lectures and presentations; the most recent presentation was on patient reported outcomes and predictors for total knee arthroplasty (replacements). Dr. Prohaska has volunteered in the children’s hospital in Atlanta, including tutoring math and science. Additionally, he has volunteered in Atlanta’s homeless shelters.
According to Dr. Richard Gagnon, “Matthew Prohaska is a great asset to the orthopaedic team at NVRH. He has a real commitment to practicing in a rural community and he chose NVRH and the Northeast Kingdom with a great deal of thought. He is a talented surgeon and a committed and energetic individual. We are very pleased he’s here.”
Dr. Prohaska’s wife Liz is a pediatric nurse; they have a five month old daughter, Olivia. Together, they enjoy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and the great outdoors. Matthew also enjoys small building projects, keeping his engineering background alive and well.