Matthew J. Grierson, MD

Dr. Grierson is a board-certified physiatrist with subspecialty board certification in Sports Medicine.  He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, including the care of dancers and performing artists.  He sees patients at the Seattle location.  He is the Medical Director for the Seattle Clinic for Performing Artists (COPA), which he runs with Dr. Nancy Kadel, MD.

Dr. Grierson hopes to empower patients to achieve their functional goals, and he values team-based approaches to treatment.  He carries the Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (RMSK) certification, utilizing ultrasound to diagnose common musculoskeletal conditions.  He also has extensive training in electrodiagnostic medicine and is fellowship-trained in the use of fluoroscopically-guided spinal injections for lumbar disorders and ultrasound-guided procedures for peripheral joint and tendon injections, including regenerative medicine procedures like PRP (platelet-rich plasma).

Dr. Grierson earned his medical degree from Boston University and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington, where he also served as Chief Resident.  Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Washington.  Prior to medical school, Dr. Grierson grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas and he completed his undergraduate studies in Modern Dance at the University of Utah.  

Having experienced his fair share of dance-related injuries, Dr. Grierson appreciates the importance of finding a physician who understands the functional impact of injury.  "I have a passion for movement and a profound curiosity about its role in shaping individual identity."  Moving beyond his subspecialty practice caring for dancers and performing artists, he is committed to helping all patients across the spectrum of age, ability, and function.

Outside of work, Dr. Grierson assists in shaping healthcare policy through his work with the American Medical Association and Washington State Medical Association.  He co-founded a local non-profit that provides treatment to local performing artists who otherwise would not have access to care.  When he has time, he loves spending time hiking or skiing in the mountains, or baking decadent desserts in the kitchen.


Dr. Matthew Grierson and Dr. Nancy Kadel are attending physicians at the Seattle Clinic for Performing Artists (COPA) at Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine.  They are both performers themselves and have joined forces to assist injured dancers, musicians, actors, and other performing artists of all ages and performance levels with their goals for returning back to peak performance.  They work with a network of expert clinicians around the Seattle area, including physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, mental health experts, chiropractors, massage practitioners, acupuncturists, and other members of the healthcare team.  They are also actively engaged in promoting research and education into optimizing care for performing artists, and are familiar with similar clinics around the world in case an injury occurs when an artist is on tour or out of town.  Both Drs. Kadel and Grierson recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach is not the best strategy to treating performing artists, and emphasize providing a clear diagnosis and realistic treatment plan. 

When calling to schedule an appointment, please identify yourself to staff as a performing artist -- we will do our best to work you in for the most timely appointment available.  We look forward to meeting you!

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