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Jeremy Smith, M.D. Announced as Division Chief of Surgical Spine

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Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI), one of the largest providers of orthopedic care in the nation, announced the election of orthopedic surgeon Jeremy Smith, M.D., as its Division Chief of Surgical Spine. Dr. Smith will work to identify necessary program elements and resource requirements for developing, implementing and maintaining the surgical spine program.

“Hoag Orthopedic Institute is proud to congratulate Dr. Smith on his appointment as our Division Chief of Surgical Spine,” said Steven L. Barnett, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of HOI. “We have complete confidence that Dr. Smith will continue to uphold HOI’s unparalleled standards in surgical spine care.”

Dr. Smith aims to improve public education and community outreach related to spine surgery, as well as create and proactively maintain open communication with other physicians to bring awareness to the program. Other responsibilities include creating and maintaining ongoing positive communications with, and dissemination of, information to members of the joint replacement program team and outside vendors related ongoing activities.

“I am excited to work with Hoag Orthopedic Institute to continue to innovate the field of spine surgery,” said Dr. Smith. “I’m honored to lead this program, knowing we will be able to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.”

Dr. Smith is fellowship trained in orthopedic spine surgery and specializes in the cutting edge treatment of degenerative spinal conditions. Dr. Smith graduated magna cum laude from The University of California, Los Angeles. 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, then completed his orthopedic residency at The University of California, Irvine, where he served as chief resident in his final year. He then completed an orthopedic 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 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.

HOI, the highest volume provider of joint replacements in California, has received consistent recognition from various publications and health care organizations for its patient-focused services since opening in 2010, including topping the U.S. News Best Hospitals List in 2020-2021; 2019-2020; 2018-2019; 2017-2018; 2013-2014 and 2012-2013. For more information on the various accolades the hospital has received, visit