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Matthew L. Drake, MD

Portrait of Matthew Drake
Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Professional Background

Dr. Matthew Drake is an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon. He obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed his orthopedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Drake is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has a sub-certification in hand surgery. Prior to joining The University of Kansas Health System, Dr. Drake was an active-duty U.S. Army hand surgeon with 14 years’ experience. He was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he cared for war-injured service members with complex problems. Dr. Drake also completed 2 tours of duty to the Middle East caring for deployed service members.

Dr. Drake has an interest in diverse conditions of the upper extremity. He cares for injuries such as fractures, dislocations, and lacerations. He has an interest in peripheral nerve surgery ranging from common problems, such as carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, to complex nerve repair and reconstruction. He cares for common conditions such as trigger digits, finger and wrist arthritis, tendonitis, and ganglion cysts.

Dr. Drake specializes in performing many procedures using a technique known as “wide awake” hand surgery. This technique allows patients to undergo surgery without the need for any general anesthesia or tourniquet which can result in less postoperative pain, less time off of work and no side effects from anesthesia. Dr. Drake strives to provide the highest quality care to his patients through shared decision making and using best available current techniques and medical knowledge.

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, Dr. Drake, and his wife enjoy living in the Kansas City metro with their two young children. They enjoy fitness and family travel in their spare time.

Education and Training
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas
  • MD, Medicine , Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Internship, Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center , Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Clinical Fellowship, Hand Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

  • Wu, Caroline, Drake, Matthew., L, Means , Kenneth., R. 2022. Total Joint Arthroplasty of a Proximal Interphalangeal Joint with Proximal Metal Surface Replacement and Distal Hemi-Hamate Autograft: A Long-Term Follow-Up. JHS Go, 4 (3), 189-193
  • Drake, Matthew., L. 2020. Arthroscopic Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex/Ligament Debridement, 428-431
  • Taylor, K., F, Gendelberg, D, Lustik, M., B, Drake, M., L. 2017. Restoring Volar Tilt in AO Type C2 Fractures of the Distal Radius With Unilateral External Fixation.. The Journal of hand surgery, 42 (7), 511-516
  • Shin, E., H, Drake, M., L, Parks, B., G, Means, Jr, K., R. 2016. Hook Plate Versus Suture Anchor Fixation for Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Fracture-Avulsions: A Cadaver Study.. The Journal of hand surgery, 41 (2), 192-5
  • Drake, M., L, Ring, D., C. 2016. Enthesopathy of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Origin: Effective Communication Strategies.. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 24 (6), 365-9