Matthew Garibaldi is a specialist in orthotics and prosthetics with more than 20 years of experience in caring for patients who need them. He serves as director of the orthopedic surgery department's orthotic and prosthetic centers, overseeing patient care, research and education. He played a key role in developing UCSF's osseointegration program, which provides bone-anchored implants for prosthetic limbs, and is the first prosthetist in the U.S. to treat patients using the OPRA implant system, which has a number of benefits for recipients.
In research, Garibaldi investigates the validity of prosthetic assessment tools, formulates prosthetic patient preference surveys for regulatory purposes and studies quality-of-life outcomes for experimental prosthetic technology.
Garibaldi earned a bachelor's degree in prosthetics and orthotics at the University of Washington. At NorthWest Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic, part of Harborview Medical Center, he completed an orthotic residency and a prosthetic residency. He earned a master's degree in health care administration and interprofessional leadership at UCSF.
Garibaldi is past president of the president of the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association and continues to play an active role in legislative and regulatory issues impacting California-based orthotic and prosthetic patients. He is a board certified clinician for the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, creator of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovative Technologies Conference and a founding member of the consortium for hospital-based orthotists and prosthetists.