Velimir Matkovic

Velimir Matkovic, MD, PhD

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physician

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

4.9 out of 5
  • 79 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 40 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

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

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.

79 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.9 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.9 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

    My doctors were excellent and they go over and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding care to me at OSU in Dept. of Physical Medicine Dr. Velimir Matkovic.

  • Reviewed on Apr 07, 2022

    He is an excellent physician. Is well trained. he is trained beyond his needed requirements for his position.

  • Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

    Knowledgeable, thorough explanation, intelligent, personable, compassionate, attentive. Top two of any physician appt. I experienced!

  • Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022


  • Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

    All very good! I truly know that Dr. Matkovic is a wonderful doctor.

  • Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

    He is the only professional that has taken time to discuss my health without just throwing "one size fits all" meds at me.

  • Reviewed on Jan 01, 2022

    My doctor was and always is great. I love working with him.

  • Reviewed on Dec 02, 2021

    Dr. Matkovic was very thorough, listened to my concerns, offered options for care.

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 10/25/2021, Dr. Matkovic has reported no relationships with companies or entities.