Anterior Hip Foundation: Advancing Excellence in Hip Arthroplasty

About Us

The Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) was created to be the world’s foremost incubator for the anterior approach total hip arthroplasty procedure.

Founded by global thought leader and anterior approach pioneer Dr. Joel Matta of Vail, CO.

AHF is a collaborative between orthopedic surgeons aiming to continue improving patient care…one anterior approach total hip arthroplasty at a time…

Our Mission

A culture of continuous improvement in hip replacement – where surgeons and industry alike collaborate to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

We envision the Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) as the epicenter of a dynamic culture where surgeons and industry collaborate seamlessly. Together, we push the boundaries of what’s possible in hip surgery, fostering a spirit of continuous improvement that continues to propel the field into new realms of innovation and excellence, making the extraordinary routine.

Our Vision

We ignite change and improve Hip Surgery outcomes by encouraging innovation, open discussion, and delivering education to advance surgical techniques and technologies.

Operating at the cutting edge of innovation, the Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) is dedicated to advancing the field of hip surgery. We champion the Anterior Approach as not only a technique but a transformative pathway that accelerates the evolution of surgical methodologies and technologies. Our commitment is to improve the Anterior Approach Hip Replacement and revolutionize hip surgery, setting a model for innovation, discussion, and progress within the orthopedic community.

Our Values

Non-Profit Commitment:

The Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) proudly operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is made possible through the generous support of sponsors and donors who share our vision for continuous improvement in hip surgery.

We channel sponsorships and donations to fund fellowship and training opportunities that enable the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and expertise and nurture the growth of the next generation of orthopedic surgeons. 

Central to our initiatives is the annual event. We set our sponsorship and attendee pricing with the intention of covering costs rather than seeking profits, ensuring that the forum remains inclusive and open to a broad spectrum of industry leaders, surgeons, and stakeholders. It is this diversity of thought and collaborative spirit that continues to drive innovation and progress in hip arthroplasty. 

Join us in shaping the future of hip arthroplasty.

Step forward as a catalyst for change – become an individual donor, a valued sponsor, or an active event attendee and help us redefine the possibilities of hip surgery.

History of Anterior Approach Hip Arthroplasty

Waving flag of France and USA

The Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) was created to be the world’s foremost incubator for the anterior approach total hip arthroplasty procedure. 

First performed by Dr. Robert Judet in 1947, the anterior approach hip replacement procedure has emerged in recent years as the preferred surgical technique for patients due to its multitude of advantages, including:

  • Reduced risk of difficult complications such as dislocation
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Faster recovery of activities of daily living
  • Improved range of motion
  • Better ability to ascend and descend stairs

The large body of peer reviewed research and clinical studies examining the results of anterior approach total hip arthroplasty continues to expand and today it is believed that nearly 33% of all THA procedures performed in the USA are done via the anterior approach.

The Anterior Hip Foundation Board

Joel Matta, M.D., Founder

Charles DeCook, M.D., Co-Founder

Jonathan Yerasimides, M.D., President

Tania Ferguson, M.D., Vice President




Steve Lochow, M.D.

Alexander Sah, M.D.

Joseph Schwab, M.D.

Joe Varcadipane, M.D.


AHF 2024


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