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Matthew J. Smith, MD, EMHL

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

Appointment Information:

Patient Appointments, Surgical Scheduling & Administration
Call: 401-886-5907
Fax: 401-270-0192

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
1598 South County Trail, Suite 100
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Disclosures:

AAOS Record of Disclosures

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

Reviews


Dr. Smith Comments Would Recommend
Dr Smith is very professional & pleasant. He listens & explains. He made me feel he was familiar with my
issues & appreciated my concerns.
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He was very nice professional 80%
Had a very pleasant feeling knowing that the dr. was concerned about my ailments. 100%
Dr. Smith has consistently been a professional and informative physician, while being personable, empathetic, caring person. He answers questions in lay terms and explains procedures, tests, risks and benefits clearly and accurately. Whether I've had injections, an EMG, or a follow up appointment Dr. Smith has always put me at ease and treated me with respect. He is definitely an asset to the medical field and I have recommended him several times. 100%
He was super respectful and that is truly appreciated 100%
I tried to tell you that my pain was in 3 places as you were about to give me the shot. You did not listen at all. You told me that the shot I received from Rhode Island Hospital did not take. I told you that it did work. You told me not according to what you were reading. I asked you about the cat scan and what it said you never answered me. I had to tell you to sterilize my shoulder because I had a lot of Icy Hot on it . Then you proceeded to get paper towels from the room which are not sterilized and clean my shoulder with rubbing alcohol. I kept telling you that the pain was also in the lump in my arm and under my arm in the crease of my under arm and you never put any medicine in either one. You strictly put the medicine in 3 places in my shoulder. After you were done I asked you how long it was going to take to work. You told me it should have worked now. I told you that it did not work and all you said to me is sometimes it doesn’t work. I asked for an MRI and you blew that off and said that you would see me in a month. I am the one suffering not you. I am trying every night to get a good night sleep on my chair because I cannot sleep in my bed. There is excruciating pain. I would never recommend you to anyone! I think you are a horrible doctor. On a scale from one to ten you are a minus 0. Thanks for nothing doc. 10%
Dr. Smith was by no means rude and he did do physical assessments on me. I just feel due to the nature of the business many times patients are rushed along. I felt uncomfortable when asking some of my questions because he was rushing me. I'm also planning on calling the office to see if I can have a second opinion from another doctor without having to pay my co‐pay again because I'm not happy. I've been in discomfort for a year now with tailbone pain getting worse and the nerve in my leg and I feel the assessment was so quick and that he's just pushing me into physical therapy whereas I think an MRI should be taken to see if my tailbone is broken or if there's anything serious going on. Although I do understand physical therapy could be the tool to help, I feel the internal look should be viewed first to see what the cause is and I felt like I wasn't even given an option to discuss that. I had a brief encounter with Doctor Smith a few years back and I felt the same way about him then, he is somewhat informative but very quick and dismissive to my questions. Short on patience and I felt like a 'number'. I waited a long time for this appointment and I'm not happy. 60%
I was very happy with my interaction with Dr Smith 100%
We waited excessively in the waiting room. They may have forgotten us.The doctor was fantastic. 100%
I actually saw Julia. She was excellent. Very informative. Great addition to your already stellar staff! I'm very satisfied with my care. 100%
Dr Smith listened to my concerns and answered all my questions! 80%
Very professional 100%

Outside of waiting a while to see Dr. Smith, I was totally satisfied with my appointment. I am confident he will help me find relief from the
issues I am dealing with.

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He answered my questions and got to the bottom of what was a chronic issue for me! 100%
I waited over an hour just to see him. Once seen, he didn’t listen at all to my symptoms. Didn’t ask any questions. Didn’t give any
resolution. This appointment was the biggest waste of my time and Smith was insensitive, inattentive, and clearly uneducated on
concussion and the lasting effects of whiplash. He dismissed any possibility of this affecting my spine. He was unable to provide any
valuable consultation.
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Been seeing Dr Smith for 9 years and he helps me to keep moving. I would not go to anyone else. His staff is all too notch 100%
Telling a pt that you don’t make money if they choose to have a study done at an in network facility for their insurance as opposed to your
office is inappropriate. One would expect that the doctors income should not affect patients preference or access to health care.
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Dr. Smith and his staff were wonderful. Dr. Smith explained everything to me and also listened to everything I had to say. I would highly recommend him. 100%
The TV in the waiting room is frivolous, loud, invasive and unnecessary. 100%

Dr. Smith is a fine technician and personable provider. The injections I have received from him have given me much pain relief. I am
thankful for his whole team....including Julia and Ilda.

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Dr Smith is one of the best doctors I’ve met in terms of interpersonal skills, relating to the patient, explainingCondition etc. He is a credit to University Orthopedics. 100%
He was very personable Listened well and offered solutions to my pain 90%
Dr Smith is very personable and always provides a thorough visit without feeling rushed. 100%

Dr. Smith has excellent people skills ‐ he listens well and asks questions while he is putting you at ease. I liked his professionalism, manner and thoroughness. I would highly recommend Dr. Smith to anyone.

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I left the office feeling optimistic that the doctor was going to help my neck and relieve my pain. 100%

A great doctor in multiple ways ‐ expert knowledge, personable, gives you room to make your own decision, positive energy, gives you the time needed ﴾you don’t feel like he is rushing you or thinking about his next appointment. ﴿

100%

Dr. Smith lied to me about pain management for my amputated long finger. This lie is capatured in his own writing. It's unfortunate
that someone whould spend many years in school and lie. I whould like others to review his negative comments.

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Dr. Smithwas great. Would definatly recomend him. 100%
Waited for too long to see the dr ﴾1hr﴿ 30%
Dr. did fine except for warning me of broken blood vessel hemes as a possible sequelae to the EMG. Also , when he finished he said he would give results to hand specialist and left room. No one came into room as I waited for someone to remove all ink markings on my arm. So, I used the alcohol and swabs to try and remove myself. Finished and left. Was I supposed to wait? No clue. 80%
I feel that he had knowledge of my problems 100%
Great service 80%
It was very relaxing no feeling of rush to others, even though I'm sure he was very busy. Feeling, I got was he wanted what was best way to go for me and wanting to check with other doctors. It is no wonder that so many people like to go to him. Thank you, and may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving day. 100%
I trust dr Smith he helped me with an issue I had about 10 years ago. Outstanding dr. 100%
Dr. Smith is wonderful! Began seeing him at E.G. Spine and several years ago and continued with him at University Orthopedics! 100%
The office has not assisted me in schediling a cortisone shot 100%
I'm very pleased & will continue the necessary performed as stated 90%
Very good,bedside manner 100%

Dr. Smith was so kind and professional during my visit. I told him about a problem I was facing and he was so understanding and helpful. I will recommend anyone who needs this type of injection to Dr Smith.

100%

Dr. Smith treated me for a different issue at his previous practice, East Greenwich Sport and Spine. I followed him to University
Orthopedics because I had a good experience with him previously.

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I have been going to dr. Smith for a few years he has always been able to take care of my pain. 100%
I appreciate that you have someone on staff who has a list of non surgical interventions to try before surgery. 90%