Matthew Willey, MD
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Willey began his education at the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S degree in Biochemistry. He developed many hobbies during his undergraduate years, most notably, weight training and musical performance, which would later influence his career path. After graduation, he continued his medical training at the University of Florida, earning his medical degree. He also created “MEDSTOCK,” a now annual rock concert at the UF College of Medicine, dedicated to raising funds for medical mission trips.
Dr. Willey’s experience with strength training and musical performance lead to a great appreciation for the complexities of the neuromuscular system and physical adaptation. As such, he decided to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Birmingham-Alabama where he received specialized training in electrodiagnostics, musculoskeletal medicine, and traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Willey continued his education in Birmingham by completing a PASSOR-accredited fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. He is trained in the latest interventional and minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal and musculoskeletal pain along with ultrasound guided and regenerative interventional techniques.
Dr. Willey is a diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spine Intervention Society. He gives discussions on the health benefits of high intensity resistance training and on degenerative disc disease. He continues to stress the importance of exercise and weight training as the aging antidote. He focuses on accurate diagnosis of painful spine and musculoskeletal conditions and specializes in a variety of interventional and regenerative techniques to treat them.
Dr. Willey’s passion and vigor for life show both with is approach to life outside medicine. He is active with cardiovascular and resistance exercise and plays guitar for both a cover band and an original rock band. That passion is reflected in his patient care. He understands the importance of life and tole spine and musculoskeletal injuries can have on happiness and function. He is eager to educate and help each individual reach their functional goals.