About Dr. Matt Kanaan

Dr. Kanaan’s Philosophy

At Wake Sports Medicine we focus entirely on non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to relieve pain, promote healing, rehabilitate, and prevent future injuries. We also strongly feel that the key to a long and healthy lifestyle is to stay active, and we make every attempt to return patients to the recreational and competitive activities that they enjoy.

Dr. Matthew G. Kanaan

sports medicine physician

Originally raised in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Matt Kanaan is a board certified sports medicine physician and knee pain specialist who received his medical residency training at Duke Medical Center. During his fellowship training at Duke Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan received special instruction in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – a unique, state-of-the-art technology in the orthopedic field. While completing training in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan served as an assistant team physician for Duke Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse, as well as assisting with Elon University Football. Currently he volunteers with local endurance races such as the Raleigh 70.3, and Rock and Roll Marathon, as well as being adjunct faculty with Campbell University’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kanaan is an avid researcher, publishing many research projects to advance the field of sports medicine. He is passionate about finding new, cutting-edge ways to help patients return to the activities they love through nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Kanaan enjoys a wide variety of sports, as well as traveling with his wife when he has time away from his practice.


Nonsurgical techniques such as PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, Ultrasound Guided Injections and Diagnostics, and the treatment of tendonitis, arthritis, and sports injuries.


Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC

RESIDENCY  (Chief Resident)

Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton, FL 


University of Central Florida Orlando, FL


Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

B.S. Clinical / Experimental Psychology

Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

A.A. Business / Communications



American College of Sports Medicine

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine



The Age of Ultrasound: It’s expanding role in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Kanaan M.  The Triangle Physician Magazine.  Sept. 2013

An Alternative Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain Visualized on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Deltoid Insertional Tendinopathy. Tabor, M. , Boggess B, Kanaan, M,  Toth, A,  Berkoff D . Journal of Athletic Enhancement. 2013, 2.4

Fibrin Glue as a Noninvasive Outpatient Treatment for Post-Arthroscopic Knee Seromas. Berkoff D, Kanaan M, Kamath G. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. ISSN 0942-2056. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy. 2013

Medical Management of Youth Baseball and Softball Tournaments. Kanaan M, Ray T . Current Sports Medicine Reports. Vol 12- Issue 3.pg. 150-155. 2013

Bilateral Medial Tibial Stress Fractures Through the Physeal Scars. Siparsky P, Kanaan M ,Garret W. Duke Orthopedic Journal. 3(1) : 71-73. 2013




From a Patient

I explained to Dr. Kanaan the problem I was having and with a clear written sketch he showed me the problem area. He used a guided injection to solve my problem. This was in direct contrast to the 'care' I got at another local Orthopedic Clinic where the nurse gave me an injection while the doctor was not even in the room. I cannot think of a better alternative to the care I received from Dr. Kanaan.


From a Patient

One of the best run medical facilities I've seen in a long time. I see Dr Kanaan, and every visit has been on schedule, no long waits, and I'm able to see the doctor right away. I never felt rushed and he always takes the time to talk and answer my questions. Good results so far with the treatment plan!


From a Patient

I had the pleasure of visiting today and I am very happy I did. I visited another clinic last week but didn't like the "car salesman pitch" and the requirements to pay up front. After researching, I found Wake Sports Medicine provided the same procedure. Dr. K was great and I got my first injection today. (And it didn't hurt!!). Being only 37 I'm trying to avoid a replacement for as long as I can.


From a Patient

Finding Dr. Kanaan and Wake Sports Medicine has been the first relief in my knee pain and walking without a cane! I did not want to go through surgery again and because of the nonsurgical procedure they offer I won't have to. I wish I had known about them ten years ago!


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Contact Info

  • 3100 Blue Ridge Rd #203, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • (919) 719-2270
  • (919) 719-2270

If you live within 2-3 hours of Raleigh, NC, we will schedule a consultation for an appointment to review your radiology films (x-rays), conduct a physical exam, and determine if you are a good candidate or not. The phone number to schedule is 919-719-2270. Please let the operator know you are scheduling a “Consult for Stem Cells”.

If you live more than 2-3 hours away we can sometimes perform the initial consult by phone or with the help of telemedicine (a virtual consult).

If the consult is not in person, please fax us the following:

  • Recent x-rays, no more than a few months old, are required.
  • Recent MRI if available, no more than a few months old
  • Medical records (only pertaining to your injury that you are seeking treatment for)

Send the info to:
Wake Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan
Fax Number: 919-719-2271