Dr. Matt Cullen

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Expert

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Dr. Matt Cullen:

Dr. Matt Cullen is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Sano Orthopedics specializing in sports medicine, knee and shoulder care.


A Kansas City native, Dr. Cullen obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery through Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and St. Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Cullen pursued a sports medicine fellowship at the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute in Baltimore, MD, and Washington D.C. During his fellowship he was able to work with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He served alongside the medical staff of the NFL Baltimore Ravens and NBA Washington Wizards, learning how elite athletes maximize their return to sport.

Dr. Matt Cullen is an active member of several orthopedic societies, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He also completed a medical mission trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they provided surgical care to Ethiopian athletes. He’s also involved in medical research that has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

In addition to sports medicine, Dr. Cullen’s areas of focus include knee and shoulder injuries, hip care, and joint replacement.

Dr. Matt Cullen is known for his attentive, caring approach to treating his patients. He believes in using an evidence-based approach to formulating treatment plans for his patients.

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Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, Kansas City, MO

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Kansas City University, Kansas City, MO

Fellowship: MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C.

Awards & Affiliations
  • Associate Clinical Professor of KCU
  • Member of AOAO, AOSSM, AAOS, ANNA
Interests & Hobbies

In his free time, Dr. Cullen enjoys spending time with wife, Jessica, family and friends.  He loves outdoor activities including golfing, hiking, and spending time at the lake. He is also an action sports and motorsports enthusiast.


Dr. Cullen sees patients at the following clinics: Leawood, KS, Grandview, MO, and Lee’s Summit, MO.

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Dr. Cullen’s Specialties

Knee Replacements

Typically, arthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement surgery to be performed. Dr. Cullen specializes in knee care and has helped many patients return to function after knee replacement surgery.

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Knee Ligament & Meniscus Repair

When knee ligaments are damaged, the knee joint may become unstable. Depending on the injury and lifestyle of the patient, conservative treatment or surgery may be necessary to provide stabilization of the knee. Our goal at Sano Orthopedics is to individualize your treatment plan through evidence-based medicine to maximize your chance to return to function without the risk of re-injury.

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Sports & Athletic Injuries

Dr. Cullen obtained a sports medicine fellowship at the MedStar Orthopeaedic Institute in Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. During his fellowship he was able to work with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He applies that experience to his patients in Kansas City.

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Hip Arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy, or a hip scope, is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to view the hip joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip problems and is a specialty of Dr. Matt Cullen.

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Rotator Cuff Repair

A sudden trip, accident or heavy lifting may cause a tear or partial tear to the rotator cuff. Depending on the injury, conservative treatment or surgery may be recommended.  Dr. Cullen is an expert in shoulder care and takes the time to review the best options for his patients.

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Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability can occur following a traumatic accident such as a fall or collision with another person or object. It can also occur without significant trauma or injury. When a shoulder instability event occurs, it can also cause other damage to the shoulder. Dr. Cullen takes time to review the best options for his patients.

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Cartilage Restoration

The lining of our joints are covered in a thick layer of cartilage that allows smooth and pain-free motion. Overtime or secondary to injury, the articular cartilage can become damaged and allow the underlying bone to become exposed. Cartilage damage can cause increased pain, catching/locking, crepitus, and joint swelling. Dr. Cullen specializes in cartilage restoration and has helped many patients with complicated knee injuries return to full function.

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Dr. Cullen’s Blogs & Research

Dr. Cullen at Sano Orthopedics

Sano Introduces Dr. Matt Cullen

​Sano Orthopedics is pleased to introduce Dr. Matt Cullen! Dr. Cullen specializes in sports medicine, knee and shoulder care. He aligns with Sano with his desire to improve the way musculoskeletal care is delivered in KC by focusing on better outcomes and patient experience. “I’m excited to join Sano and be a part of a team that is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art orthopedic care.”

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Sano Grows to Grandview, MO

Sano Orthopedics introduces its third office location in Grandview, MO. Sano now has orthopedic clinics in Overland Park, KS, Lee’s Summit, MO, and Grandview, MO. “We wanted to better serve south Kansas City and knew we needed an office space to do this. This space allows us to have a consistent

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. A fall or traumatic injury may cause a rotator cuff tear as well as deterioration of the tendons over time. A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder. This results in pain for many everyday activities, such as brushing your hair or getting dressed.

Whitney, Facebook recommendation

I’ve never felt more amazing in my life! all the doctors are amazing!

Joseph G, Google Review

Absolutely incredible, Dr. Cullen couldn’t have done a better job getting me through my sports injury. Made the process as easy as anyone possibly could have! Would highly recommend Sano as a whole, particularly Dr. Cullen.

Michael D, Google Review

He is an outstanding doctor and cares very much about his patients.
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