matthrew spine, orthopedic surgeon rhode islandMatthew J. Smith, MD, EMHL

Department of Orthopedics, Division of Spine
Director of System Integration
Board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Fellowship-Trained in Spine & Sports Medicine
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Certified, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners

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Matthew J. Smith, MD, EMHL

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Spine
Director of System Integration
Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Fellowship-Trained in Spine & Sports Medicine
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Certified, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners

Biography:

Dr. Smith is a Physician Leader with over 20 years of experience in health delivery systems with a background in performance measurement, health policy and interdisciplinary teams caring for populations of patients with orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Smith graduated from Queen's University Medical School in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1995. After completing a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM & R) at Stanford University, Dr. Smith worked for three years in Occupational Medicine at Kaiser Vallejo Medical Center in California. During this time, Dr. Smith became a diplomate in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, completed the UCLA Acupuncture for Physicians Course and completed training in Osteopathic Medicine. In July of 2002, Dr. Smith returned to school at the University of Michigan to complete a fellowship in Spine and Sport Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. In 2016, Dr. Smith graduated from the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Brown University, further developing his skills as a physician leader.

Prior to joining University Orthopedics, Dr. Smith established East Greenwich Spine & Sport (EGSS) in 2003. Dr. Smith was the founding President of the Rhode Island Pain Society, and Division Chief of PM & R at Kent Hospital. He is also an active member of the Value Committee, Performance Measurement Committee and Payor Policy Review Committee of the North American Spine Society.

Clinical services Dr. Smith provides include the diagnosis and non-surgical management of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders, such as acute and repetitive injuries to the spine and extremities. He performs fluoroscopically guided back and neck injections including various epidural steroid injections, intraarticular joint injections, and radiofrequency neurotomy ablations to facet joints and the sacroiliac joint. Pressure-controlled, CT discography can be used for the evaluation of discogenic low back pain. Patients will benefit from Dr. Smith's background in rehabilitation, Osteopathy and electrodiagnostics as they are triaged to therapy, diagnostic/therapeutic injections or surgery.

Dr. Smith also offers consultative services as a regional expert in value-based healthcare reform and medicolegal issues involving disability or impairment of the neurological and orthopedic systems. Independent Medical Evaluations can be arranged through direct contact from legal representatives.

Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family, teaching Tai Chi Chuan, sailing and skiing.

Offices:

East Greenwich
1405 South County Trail, Building 5
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: 401-884-1177

Undergraduate Degree:

Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada

Graduate Education:

Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Medical Degree:

Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada

Residency:

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Fellowship:

Spine and Sports Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Rhode Island Medical Society

Patient Resources

Clinical services Dr. Smith provides include the diagnosis and non-surgical management of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders, such as acute and repetitive injuries to the spine and extremities. He performs fluoroscopically guided back and neck injections including various epidural steroid injections, intraarticular joint injections, and radiofrequency neurotomy ablations to facet joints and the sacroiliac joint. Pressure-controlled, CT discography can be used for the evaluation of discogenic low back pain. Patients will benefit from Dr. Smith's background in rehabilitation, Osteopathy and electrodiagnostics as they are triaged to therapy, diagnostic/therapeutic injections or surgery.

Dr. Smith also offers consultative services as a regional expert in value-based healthcare reform and medicolegal issues involving disability or impairment of the neurological and orthopedic systems. Independent Medical Evaluations can be arranged through direct contact from legal representatives.

Publications

Papers and Publications
Articles – Peer Reviewed

Smith MJ. The value of shared decision-making. SpineLine. www.spineline-digital.org. 2016; July-August: 20-23.

Smith MJ. Content analysis of CMS Healthcare Innovation Awards from a physiatric perspective. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation. 2014;6:1048-53.

Smith MJ. Impairment and Disability Issues. In: Sepe SM, ed. Ferri's Clinical Advisor. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2015:1709-10.

Smith MJ, Standaert CJ. Towards an expanded definition of value. The Spine Journal. 2013; 13:1690-1697.

Smith MJ, Congleton SA. The role of non-physician providers in the delivery of high value spine care. SpineLine. www.spineline-digi- tal.org. 2013; July-August: 20-25.

Smith MJ. Accountable disease management of spine pain. The Spine Journal, 2011; 11: 807-815.
Quoted in: The Back Letter. Growing Furor Over Epidural Steroid Injections--And the Lack of Evidence Supporting Them. November 2015;30:121-30.

Smith MJ, Tong HC. Manual acupuncture for analgesia during electromyography: a pilot study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2005; 86(9): 1741-44.

Smith MJ, Matheson GO, Meeuwisse W. Injuries in cross-country skiing: a critical appraisal of the literature. Sports Medicine, 1996 Mar, 21(3): 239-50.

Abstracts & Presentations

COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSES FROM A PHYSICIANS PERSPECTIVE
Guest lecturer, Brown University School of Public Health
PHP 2350: Economics of Medical Therapies: Health Policy and Practice, Providence, RI March 2, 2016 - ongoing

COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSES FROM A PHYSICIANS PERSPECTIVE
Guest lecturer, Tufts University
EC 48: Health Economics, Boston, MA March 10, 2016 - ongoing

CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT
RI DOH and Brown University — Chronic Disease Management Program, Providence, RI September 2015

ALTERNATIVES TO OPIOIDS
Prescription Diversion Summit. RI DOH, Brown University and the Dept of Justice, Providence, RI June 2014

UNDERSTANDING PAIN MANAGEMENT: OPIOID INDUCED HYPERALGESIA AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE
RI DOH and Brown University — Public Health Grand Rounds, Providence, RI November 2013

THE ROLE OF NON PHYSICIAN PROVIDERS IN THE DELIVERY OF HIGH-VALUE SPINE CARE . NASS 28th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA October 2013

PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION IN ACCOUNTABLE PAYMENT MODELS
75th Annual Assembly of the AAPM&R, Washington, DC October 2013

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSIATRISTS IN THE DELIVERY OF HIGH- VALUE SPINE CARE
75th Annual Assembly of the AAPM&R, Washington, DC October 2013

VALUE IN SPINE: DISCUSSION POINTS
NASS — Emerging Payment Models leadership course, Burr Ridge, IL August 2013

BOOTS ON THE GROUND--ACOS IN RHODE ISLAND
NASS 27th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX October 2012

OPIOID USES AND ABUSES--PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
15th Annual New England Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Providence, RI September 2012

MEDIAL BRANCH BLOCKS: PATIENT SELECTION FOR RF
NASS Advanced Lumbar Spine injection course, Chicago, IL March 2012

ACCOUNTABLE DISEASE MANAGEMENT OF SPINE PAIN: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PHYSIATRISTS

University of Utah — 26th Annual Update in PM&R, Park City, UT March 2012

ROLE OF PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS IN THE POST-REFORM MANAGEMENT OF PAIN

Norcal — Chronic Pain and Opioids: Safe and Effective Management, Warwick, RI October 2011

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SPECIALTY CENTERS
  • Spine
    • The Spine Center are referred back and neck pain patients across the New England Sates.
  • Hand & Wrist
    • The Hand & Wrist center deals with both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of conditions and problems.
  • Joint Replacement
    • The Joint Replacement Center provides the most modern treatment options for knee, hip, and shoulder replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
    • The Pediatric Orthopedic Center consist of three surgeons who specialize in the care of children.
  • Foot & Ankle
    • The Foot & Ankle Center involves clinical teams that specialize in foot and ankle surgery.
  • Shoulder & Elbow
    • The Shoulder & Elbow Center includes orthopedic surgeons and therapists who specialize in shoulder and elbow.
  • Sports Medicine
    • The Sports Medicine Center helps those with sports-related injuries recover quickly to return to activity.
  • Trauma & Fracture
    • The Trauma & Facture center works closesly together with Rhode Island Hospital's trauma specialists to identify injuries.
  • Oncology
    • Our orthopedic oncology center includes the expertise of a specialist in oncology and reconstructive surgery.
  • Cartilage Repair Center
    Cartilage Repair
    • The Cartilage Repair Center offers state-of-the-art treatment of joint cartilage lesions
  • Orthodirect for sprains, fractures, work accidents, sports injuries
    Ortho Direct
    • Ortho Direct treats patients with urgent orthopedic needs from sprains, fractures, work accidents & sports injuries.
Brochures & Journals
  • Back to Life Journal
    • Subscribe to our Back to Life Journal to read information on the latest advances on joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopedic problems and back and neck pain.
Home Remedy Book
  • Home Remedy Book
    • Have back or neck pain? Learn what causes symptoms and the home remedies that relieve pain. University Orthopedics mails out Home Remedy Books to residents throughout the New England area.
About Us

University Orthopedics in Providence, Rhode Island, is a regional referral center for patients with back and neck pain, joint pain, sports medicine problems, shoulder pain, hand problems, hip and knee pain, and foot and ankle injury. University Orthopedics utilizes fellowship-trained, sub-specialized physicians to treat a variety of orthopedic problems.

  • PROVIDENCE 1
    2 Dudley Street, Suite 200
    Providence, RI 02905
    Phone: 401-457-1500

  • PROVIDENCE 2
    100 Butler Drive
    Providence, RI 02906
    401-277-0790

  • MIDDLETOWN
    345 Valley Rd.
    Middletown, RI 02842
    401-457-1500

  • EAST GREENWICH
    1405 South County Trail, Building 5
    East Greenwich, RI 02818
    Phone: 401-884-1177