Dr. Kanaan’s Philosophy:

At Wake Sports Medicine we focus entirely on non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to relieve pain, promote healing, rehabilitate, and prevent future injuries. We also strongly feel that the key to a long and healthy lifestyle is to stay active, and we make every attempt to return patients to the recreational and competitive activities that they enjoy.

Dr. Matthew G. Kanaan

sports medicine physician

Originally raised in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Matt Kanaan is a board certified sports medicine physician / and knee pain specialist who received his medical residency training at Duke Medical Center. During his fellowship training at Duke Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan received special instruction in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – a unique, state-of-the-art technology in the orthopedic field. While completing training in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Dr. Kanaan served as an assistant team physician for Duke Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse, as well as assisting with Elon University Football. Currently he volunteers with local endurance races such as the Raleigh 70.3, and Rock and Roll Marathon, as well as being adjunct faculty with Campbell University’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kanaan is an avid researcher, publishing many research projects to advance the field of sports medicine. He is passionate about finding new, cutting-edge ways to help patients return to the activities they love through nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Kanaan enjoys a wide variety of sports, as well as traveling with his wife when he has time away from his practice.


– Nonsurgical techniques such as PRP, Stem Cell Therapy,  Ultrasound Guided Injections and Diagnostics,

the treatment of tendonitis, arthritis , and sports injuries.

EDUCATION & TRAININGsports medicine physicians

-Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


-Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


-Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC

IMG_1335_2RESIDENCY  (Chief Resident)

-Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


-Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton , FL


-University of Central Florida Orlando, FL


-Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

B.S. Clinical / Experimental Psychology

-Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

A.A. Business / Communications



American College of Sports Medicine

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine



The Age of Ultrasound: It’s expanding role in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Kanaan M.  The Triangle Physician Magazine.  Sept. 2013

An Alternative Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain Visualized on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Deltoid Insertional Tendinopathy. Tabor, M. , Boggess B, Kanaan, M,  Toth, A,  Berkoff D . Journal of Athletic Enhancement. 2013, 2.4

Fibrin Glue as a Noninvasive Outpatient Treatment for Post-Arthroscopic Knee Seromas. Berkoff D, Kanaan M, Kamath G. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. ISSN 0942-2056. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy. 2013

Medical Management of Youth Baseball and Softball Tournaments. Kanaan M, Ray T . Current Sports Medicine Reports. Vol 12- Issue 3.pg. 150-155. 2013

Bilateral Medial Tibial Stress Fractures Through the Physeal Scars. Siparsky P, Kanaan M ,Garret W. Duke Orthopedic Journal. 3(1) : 71-73. 2013




2014 AOASM Annual Meeting : Ultrasound injections of the Knee

2014 AOA National Conference : Ultrasound injections of the ELBOW and WRIST

2013 MSK Ultrasound and Injection of the Elbow ,  AOASM Online Webinar

2013 MSK Ultrasound of the Ankle and Knee,  Duke Orthopedics Live Teaching

2013 Hip Pain : Diagnosis and Treatment ,  NCS-ACOFP Annual Meeting Lecture

2013 Injection Workshop  ,  NCS-ACOFP Annual Meeting Lecture

2013 Injection Workshop ,   NCAFP Annual Meeting Lecture

2013 Deltoid Insertional Tendonopathies : A new diagnosis , AOASM Poster

2013 MSK Ultrasound of the Shoulder and Elbow ,  Duke Sports Medicine Conference Lecture

2013 MSK Ultrasound of the Hip and Knee ,  Duke Sports Medicine Conference Lecture

2013 Stress Fractures in Athletes ,  Duke Sports Medicine Conference Lecture

Crystal Casto, LAT, ATC

Clinical Assistant to Dr. Matthew Kanaan


Crystal is a North Carolina licensed and board certified Athletic Trainer. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Barton College, she completed a year-long fellowship with The Galland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Athletic Training Residency. Crystal has years of experience covering many on-field events ranging from youth soccer camp to the Collegiate National Rugby 7s Championship. While her degree has prepared her for emergency action at sporting events, her residency molded her to be a versatile asset in an orthopedic clinic. In addition to being educated on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of many orthopedic injuries, she is proficient in creating and implementing home exercise programs, fitting DME products, and applying kinesiotape.