Mathew Pombo, MD

Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine


Emory Soccer Medicine Program

Phone: 404-778-3350

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine

6335 Hospital Parkway

Johns Creek , GA 30097


  • Medical School, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Residency, Wake Forest University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Internship, Wake Forest University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC


Dr. Pombo joins the Emory Orthopaedic surgery faculty as a highly regarded orthopaedic surgeon, speaker, author, and researcher who specializes in getting patients with injuries back to an active lifestyle. His professional interests include anatomic single and double bundle ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, meniscal/cartilage injury and repair, joint preservation in the aging athlete, and minimally invasive joint replacement surgery of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Pombo has conducted extensive scientific research, published multiple journal articles, written several book chapters, and has presented both at national and international meetings on topics related to sports medicine, concussions, and orthopaedic surgery.  He is a member of several design teams for orthopaedic companies and enjoys participating in the engineering of the next generation of orthopaedic techniques and equipment.   He has been instrumental in bringing awareness to Sports Related Concussions and the new Georgia "Return to Play" Act and is one of the top regarded experts in the area for the treatment of Concussions.  He currently serves as the Director of the Emory Sports Concussion Program.

Dr. Pombo is a native of Atlanta and a product of Duluth High School in Gwinnett County.  He attended The Georgia Institute of Technology before opting to enroll early at The Medical College of Georgia to obtain his Medical Degree. He graduated as one of the youngest students in his class and the youngest inductee into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society.  He attended Wake Forest University for his Orthopaedic residency and did his Orthopaedic Sports Medicine/Shoulder Surgery and Concussion fellowship at the "World Renowned" University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He has been a team physician for several professional, collegiate, and local sports teams.  Since returning to Atlanta he has enjoyed giving back to the community that has given him so much.

Dr. Pombo currently serves as the head team physician for The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, Berkmar High School, Chattahoochee High School, and Johns Creek High School.

Dr. Pombo, his wife, and two boys, Eli and Henry, live in Johns Creek, Ga. Dr. Pombo enjoys spending time with his family during his days off.  Many of his patients also enjoy watching him succeed in his second career as a professional race car driver where he can be found driving at race tracks across North America.

Organizational Leadership Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Southern Orthopedic Association
  • Arthroscopy Associate of North America
  • The American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine


Frank E Pollock, MD Academic Excellence Award
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 2006

Academic Achievement Award
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 2007