Velimir Matkovic

Velimir Matkovic, MD, PhD

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Appointments: (614) 293-7604

About Me

Dr. Matkovic is a professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation and in medicine and nutrition at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also the director of the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center and Bone and Mineral Metabolism Laboratory. He is a consultant on metabolic orthopedics and a member of the board of trustees at the Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

Dr. Matkovic earned his medical degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree at the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. He completed his residency in medicine at the University of Zagreb, and his residency in rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington Hospitals, Seattle, Wash. His postgraduate training includes: postgraduate study in biomedicine at University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; fellowship at the Medical Research Council/Mineral Metabolism Unit, General Infirmary in Leeds, England; and fellowship in the Department of Medicine, Bone and Mineral Metabolism Division at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.

Dr. Matkovic has received numerous honors, including: Scientific Award “Rudger Boskovic,” Republic of Croatia, INOVA, Croatia; Best Doctors Inc.’s “Best Doctors in America” as well as “Best Doctors in Central Ohio.”

Dr. Matkovic has been active in many organizations and committees including: OSU research seminars in bone and mineral metabolism, General Clinical Research Center, OSU Scientific Committee, Patient Care Committee, Graduate Education Committee, National Osteoporosis Foundation, Wash., D.C., Scientific Advisory Board, and OSU Access and Communication Committee.

Dr. Matkovic is heavily involved in various research projects involving osteoporosis and other bone disorders. He has been invited to present at numerous national and international meetings. He has been asked to be a peer reviewer of many articles written on these subjects.

Dr. Matkovic’s main interests lie in bone and mineral metabolism, metabolic bone and bone disease; primary and secondary prevention of osteoporosis; general rehabilitation and orthopedic rehabilitation.


  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Additional Languages I Speak

  • Croatian

Specialties and Conditions I Treat

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic
  • Osteoporosis
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

University of Zagreb


Internal Medicine
University of Zagreb
1/1/1979 - 1/1/1982

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Washington School of Medicine
7/1/1984 - 6/1/1987


Bone Min.Rehabilitation
Henry Ford Hospital
7/1/1977 - 8/1/1979

Bone Min.Rehabilitation
MRC Mineral Metab. U
1/1/1976 - 1/1/1977

More About My Work


76 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.7
  • Shows Respect 4.8
  • Time Spent Together 4.8

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 03, 2018


Reviewed on Dec 20, 2017

Pleasant & informative.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2017

Compassionate, knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

Direct - to the point - caring.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2017

Caring and thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2017

I was in a rehab facility for 3 weeks following an accident.  Dr. Matkovic was over seeing my rehabilitation and was following it closely. He showed a lot of concern and interest which I deeply appreciated.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2017

I really respect my physician BUT I would appreciate it if he would speak to me & look at me while speaking & not facing the computer?

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017

Dr. Matkovic is the BEST! He listens, explains, draws diagrams if necessary. Very thoughtful. A gentleman through and through!

Reviewed on Nov 01, 2017

Very thorough exam.

Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/28/2017, Dr. Matkovic has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.