Matthew L. Drake, M.D.

Hand Surgeon

Matthew Drake, MD is a board-certified orthopedic hand surgeon, joining Orthopaedic Associates in 2018. His early orthopedic career was spent in the US Army where he completed his residency and fellowship training. His 14 years in the Army were highlighted by 2 overseas tours in Iraq, and the privilege of caring for our wounded service members. Dr. Drake gained great experience in managing highly complex traumatic injuries sustained in overseas conflicts.
Dr. Drake is an expert in problems of the hand and upper extremity. He manages a full spectrum of conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to complex limb reconstruction after trauma in all age groups. He listens to every patient carefully to gain an understanding of individual needs, and then develops a tailored treatment plan. He enjoys involving the patient and his team in every step of the decision-making process to help patients achieve their desired goals.
Dr. Drake and his wife relocated to Evansville from Washington, DC. They enjoy traveling, live music, and cooking together at home. They plan on starting their family and growing deep roots in Evansville.


University of Kansas | Lawrence, Kansas
Bachelor of Arts, May 2000

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine | Baltimore, Maryland
Doctor of Medicine, May 2004

Tripler Army Medical Center | Honolulu, Hawaii
Surgical Internship, July 2004 – June 2005

Tripler Army Medical Center | Honolulu, Hawaii
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, July 2005 – June 2009

Walter Reed Army Medical Center | Washington, District of Columbia
Hand Surgery Fellowship, August 2009 – July 2010

Prior Academic Appointments

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | Bethesda, Maryland
Assistant Professor, 2013-2018

Walter Reed Hand Surgery | Bethesda, Maryland
Associate Fellowship Program Director, 2013-2018

Professional Memberships

Washington DC Hand Society | 2013 – 2017

Active Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand | 2010 – Present

Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons | 2004 – 2017

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | 2004 – Present

Hawaii Orthopaedic Association | 2011 – 2013


Subspecialty Certificate for Surgery of the Hand, ABOS | September 2014

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery | July 2012


1. Drake ML, Segalman KA. Complications of Small Joint Arthroplasty. Hand Clin. 2010 May;26(2):205-12

2. Baechler MF, Drake ML, Tintle S. Complex Reconstructive Challenges in Hand and Forearm Wounds. Combat Orthopedic Surgery: Lessons Learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. 2011

3. Drake ML, Farber GL, White KL, Parks BG, Segalman KA. Restoration of Longitudinal Forearm Stability Using a Suture Button Construct” J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Dec;35(12):1981-5.

4. Taylor KF, Lanzi JT, Cage JM, Drake ML. Radial collateral ligament injuries of the thumb metacarpophalangeal joint: epidemiology in a military population. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Mar; 38(3):532-6

5. Song DJ, Lanzi JT, Groth AT, Drake M, Orchowski JR, Shaha SH, Lindell KK. The Effect of Syndesmosis Screw Removal on the Reduction of the Distal Tibiofibular Joint: A Prospective Radiographic Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Feb 14;35(6):543-548.

6. Balazs GC, Donohue MA, Drake M, Ipsen D, Nanos G, Tintle SM, Outcomes of Open Dorsal Wrist Ganglion excision in Active Duty Military Personnel. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2015;40(9):1739-1747.

7. Woodhouse AG, Drake M, Lee GC, Levin LS, Tintle SM, Free Vascularized Fibular Grafts for Femoral Head Osteonecrosis: An Alternative Technique Utilizing a Buttress Plate for Graft Fixation, Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2015, Summer.

8. Shin EH, Drake ML, Parks BG, Means KR, Jr. Hook plate versus suture anchor fixation for thumb ulnar collateral ligament fracture-avulsions: A cadaver study. J Hand Surg Am 2016;41(2):192-195.

9. Drake ML, Ring DC. Enthesopathy of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Origin: Effective Communication Strategies. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016 Jun;24(6):365-9.

10. Drake ML, Hensley DT, Chen WC, Taylor KF. Muscle Atrophy at Presentation of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Demographics and Duration of Symptoms. Hand, 2017;12(1):64-67.

11. Taylor KF, Gendelberg D, Lustik MB, Drake ML. Restoring Volar Tilt in AO Type C2 Fractures of the Distal Radius with Unilateral External Fixation. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 Jul; 42(7):511-16.