Velimir Matkovic

Velimir Matkovic, MD, PhD

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5
  • 103 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 46 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


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.
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2019
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017
Additional Languages I Speak
  • Croatian

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Gammer School, Zagreb,
1/1/1962 - 1/1/1966

Medical School

University of Zagreb, Zagreb,
9/1/1966 - 6/30/1971

Masters Degree

University of Zagreb, Zagreb,
1/1/1971 - 1/1/1974


University of Zagreb, Zagreb,
1/1/1974 - 1/1/1976


MRC Mineral Metab. U, Leeds,

1/1/1976 - 1/1/1977


Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

7/1/1977 - 8/1/1979


University of Zagreb, Zagreb,

1/1/1979 - 1/1/1982


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

7/1/1984 - 6/1/1987

Board Certification

American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Academic Information

My Department

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

103 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Feb 02, 2021

    Had good experience.

  • Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

    Dr. Matkovic is a top expert in his field. He is also a top doctor who treats his patients with upmost courtesy and respect.

  • Reviewed on Dec 09, 2020

    Dr. Matkovic was a great resource for my concern.

  • Reviewed on Dec 03, 2020

    Dr. Matkovic is brilliant!!! He is also very knowledgeable!!! I am very fortunate to be a patient of this fine doctor.

  • Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

    My dr. and I were discussing COVID and the conversation enabled me to tell him about my hemoglobin being too low to <span class='highlight hasPHI'>donate</span> blood. That and some other information alerted him to the need for some blood tests. Because of that, it was discovered that I have monoclonal gammapathy (MGUS) which is usually discovered by chance. Although most people live out their lives with no problems, MGUS can lead to multiple myeloma or other cancers. Because I now know that I have MGUS, I will be getting regular check ups with a hematologist to catch any problems early. I will always be grateful for my doctor to catch any problems early. I will always be grateful for my doctor listening to me and ordering the needed blood work.

  • Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020


  • Reviewed on Nov 03, 2020

    Dr. Matkovic is a great listener. I am very fortunate to have him as my doctor. He is always looking for <span class='highlight hasPHI'>ways</span> to manage my osteopenia, but in a conservative way.

  • Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

    I've known him for years and he's a great, caring doctor who I've always been impressed with.

  • Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

    Courtesy, listening ear, pleasant disposition.

  • Reviewed on Oct 01, 2020

    The doctor answered all of our questions - he was very helpful.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Matkovic has reported no relationships with companies or entities.