Our Physicians

Matthew A. Rappé, M.D.

Sports Medicine Specialist


A 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Matthew Rappé earned a bachelor's degree in biology. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2001. He then completed four years of orthopaedic residency at the University of Florida, serving as chief resident his fifth year. Finalizing his orthopaedic training, Dr. Rappé completed a one-year orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with James R. Andrews, M.D., at the American Sports Medicine Institute and Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in 2007. 

As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Rappé specializes in arthroscopy and the treatment of all sports-related injuries, as well as the open and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. In addition, he holds certification in the treatment of cartilage injuries in the knee with articular cartilage implantation.

Dr. Rappé's current research is focused on the treatment of articular cartilage injuries in the knee and shoulder. He has co-authored book chapters concerning the management and treatment of both rotator cuff tears in throwing athletes as well as the management and treatment of knee ligament injuries. His research areas also include osteochondral injuries in throwing athletes as well as the use of allograft tendon in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Dr. Rappé's affiliations include memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Southern Orthopaedic Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Rappé also serves as an orthopaedic consultant to the Tennessee Smokies, the University of Tennessee, Carson-Newman University, Johnson University, and Lincoln Memorial University.

In his leisure time, Dr. Rappé enjoys fly-fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation activities. He and his wife Brandy, also a University of Tennessee graduate, have four children.


Contact Information

Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Old Weisgarber Road
North Knoxville Medical Center Physicians Plaza
Jefferson Memorial Hospital (Jefferson City)

Administrative Assistant


865-450-1223 or internal ext 4223

865-450-1209 or internal ext 4209 



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What patients say about Dr. rappÉ

  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can walk again. Dr. Rappé is the best orthopedic surgeon I've ever known. I had a torn ACL and torn cartilage and he did an excellent job. I would never use another surgeon again but him.
    – Mattie, Oliver Springs
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can go back to work full time and exercise again. Dr. Rappé treated me like I was his only patient. Very professional, knowledgeable and confident, but also humble. And always jolly! I once told him he was a combination of "The Big Lebowski" and "Patch Adams." I recommend him highly!
    – Ellen, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can get back to an active lifestyle pain free. Dr. Rappe and his staff are great. They were very prompt in scheduling my quad/patellar tendon repair and getting me started with physical therapy so that I could return to doing the things I like to do as soon as possible. I have not had one bit of pain since. The staff at the physical therapy center was great as well and are very knowledgeable and friendly. Dr. Rappe and the entire K.O.C. staff are my kind of people...faithful, professional, and have great people skills and keep a smile on their face. I totally recommend K.O.C.!
    – Stan, Maryville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can play soccer again! Dr. Betcher and Dr. Rappe were amazing and helped get me back on the field in 6 months. I was 9 years old when I had to have my ACL and meniscus repaired, and I just wanted to go back to being a kid again. Thank you!
    – Caiden, Knoxville
  • "I want to thank Dr. Matthew Rappe and KOC for the two knee surgeries he has done and the great care I received. In a week he is operating on my right shoulder. Dr. Rappe is an amazing doctor, one of the nicest and most kind doctors I've ever met!"
    – Kacey, Halls
  • "With heartfelt honesty I can say that, even though the tear to my distal bicep tendon was not one of my most favorite life events, the staff at KOC from check in to check out and all in between treated me as family from day one. I am honored and feel very lucky to have Dr. Matthew Rappe and his staff on my side.

    Dr. Rappe told me surgery would take about 30 to 45 minutes but due to how bad it was, it took him 3 hours to repair the torn tendon. I can't express enough gratitude to him for his expertise and caring to hang in there for me. I give a very big thank you to my new family at KOC and Tennova North for their professionalism and caring of my injury. Now on to my next phase, rehab, yeaaa! But thanks to my care at KOC, I can expect a full recovery!"
    – Dennis, Athens


  • B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Florida


  • Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute and Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center

Began Practice At KOC

  • 2007

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association 
  • American Medical Association

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Sports Medicine