Dr. Smith is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and specializes
in the cutting edge treatment of degenerative spinal conditions. Dr. Smith
also has significant interest in the treatment of spinal trauma, particularly
spinal cord injury and has made significant laboratory and clinical contributions
that have advanced the field.
Dr. Smith graduated magna cum laude from The University of California,
Los Angeles with a major in microbiology and molecular genetics. He then
earned his medical degree from New York Medical College where he received
Alpha Omega Alpha honors in his Junior year. Dr. Smith graduated number
one in his medical school class. He then completed his orthopaedic residency
at The University of California, Irvine, where he served as chief resident
in his final year. He then completed an orthopaedic and neurosurgical
spine surgery fellowship at the Rothman Institute at the Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital; widely regarded as one of the most sought after and
prestigious spine fellowships in the country. His training there included
complex surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Dr. Smith is an assistant professor in the department of Orthopaedic Surgery
at the University of Southern California. During his two years at the
University he was co-director of the USC Center For Spinal Surgery and
was heavily involved in research and resident education.
Dr. Smith has a strong interest in academic medicine and has authored
multiple full length manuscripts and book chapters in journals such as
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, SPINE, and the Journal of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has also presented his research at
multiple national meetings and received national honors and awards for his work.
In addition to his interest in clinical research and academic spine surgery,
Dr. Smith enjoys teaching new generations of orthopaedic surgeons. He
is a strong believer of educating patients and their families so that
they fully understand their disease and all treatment options. His emphasis
is always towards non-operative treatment, reserving surgery as the final
option when conservative therapy fails. His goal is to provide our communities
with high quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care
that is grounded in evidenced based medicine, the results of which will