Jeremy S. Smith, M.D.
fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Dr. Jeremy 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 deformity 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 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 both “bread and butter” spine procedures as well as complex surgical cases of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
Dr. Smith spent time as 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. He is currently Chief of Spine Surgery at Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
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 is the Director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute Spine Surgery Fellowship. He enjoys teaching new generations of orthopaedic surgeons. He is also 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 exceed expectation.
- 2013 - present
- Orthopaedic Specialty Institute
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
- 2011- present
- Specializing in disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine: degenerative disorders, spinal trauma, minimally invasive surgery, spinal oncology, complex spinal deformity, and computerassisted surgery
- 2010 – 2011
- Fellow in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
Directors: Alex Vaccaro, MD, Todd Albert MD
Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University
- 2005 – 2010
- Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, Irvine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
- 2001 – 2005
- Doctor of Medicine
New York Medical College School of Medicine
- 1995 – 1999
- Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part II oral exam, pass
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part I exam, pass 96th percentile
- Physician and Surgeon License, State of New Jersey
- Physician and Surgeon License, Medical Board of California
- Radiology and Fluoroscopy Supervisor Permit Dept of Health, California
- June 2010
- First place abstract/presentation competition: University of California Irvine, Graduate Research
- Sept 2009
- Russell Hibbs Award Finalist, Basic Science: Scoliosis Research Society
- June 2009
- First place abstract/presentation competition: American College of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting
- Dec 2008
- First place resident/fellow research award: Cervical Spine Research Society 36th Annual Meeting
- June 2005
- Valedictorian, New York Medical College
- June 2005
- The New York Medical College Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Award: Presented to the
member of the graduating class demonstrating the greatest interest and proficiency in orthopaedics`
- June 2005
- The Dr. & Mrs. David Harrison Scholarship Award New York Medical College: Presented to the
member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest academic standing
- June 2005
- The Eileen H. Pike Ph.D. Memorial Award in Microbiology: Presented to a member of the
graduating class for academic excellence, aptitude and interest in microbiology
- April 2004
- Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA): Elected during the junior academic year
- June 2003
- American Society for Clinical Pathology Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement
- Mar 2002
- New York Medical College 6th Annual Medical Student Research Forum: 2nd prize presentation
- June 1999
- Magna Cum Laude Graduate: University of California, Los Angeles
- Kramer J, Javidan Y, Smith JS. The Value of Disk Replacement? Seminars in Spine Surgery In Press
- Gruskay J, Smith JS, Kepler C, Radcliff K, Harrop J, Vaccaro AR. The Seasonality of Postoperative Infection in Spine Surgery. Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine. 2013 Jan;18(1): 57-62
- Smith JS, Helgeson M, Albert TJ. The Argument for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Over Total Disk Replacement. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2012 March 24:2-7
- Gruskay J, Kepler, C, Smith JS, Radcliff K, Vaccaro, A. Is surgical case order associated with increased infection rate after spine surgery? Spine. 2012 June 1;37(13): 1170-4
- Radcliff K, Rubin T, Reitman C, Smith JS, Kepler C, Hilibrand A. Normal Cervical Alignment. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2011 Sept: 23 (3): 159-164.
- Smith JS, Anderson R, Pham TN Bhatia NN, Steward O, Gupta R. Role of Early Surgical Decompression of the Intradural Space After Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in an Animal Model. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 2010 May;92(5):1206-14.
- Gupta R, Bathen M, Smith JS, Levi AD, Gupta R, Bhatia N, Steward O. Advances in the Management of Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2010 Apr: 18:210-222.
- Bhandari M, Guyatt G, Jeray K, Smith, JS, et al. Fluid Lavage of Open Wounds (FLOW): Design and Rationale for a Large, Multicenter Collaborative 2×3 Factorial Trial of Irrigating Pressures and Solutions in Patients with Open Fractures. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11:85, 2010.
- Smith JS, Anderson R, Pham TN Bhatia NN, Steward O, Gupta R. The Role of Decompression With Either Durotomy or Duraplasty Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury. Abstract/Poster: Orthopaedic Research Society 55th Annual Meeting. 2009 Feb.
- Hornyak M, Smith JS, Moorthy C, Benzil DL. Significant Pain Relief and Few Complications seen in Initial Experience with Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Abstract and Manuscript: North American Spine Society 19th Annual Meeting. 2004.
- Carlson GD, Gorden CD, Wada E, Smith JS, LaManna JC. Sustained Spinal Cord Compression: Part II: Effect of Methylprednisolone on Regional Blood Flow and Recovery of Somatosensory Evoked Potentials. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 2003 Jan;85:95-101.
- Carlson GD, Oliff HS, Gorden CD, Smith JS, Anderson PA. Cerebral Fluid Pressure: Effects of Body Position and Lumbar Subarachnoid Drainage in a Canine Model. Spine. 2003 Jan;28(2):119-122.
- Hornyak M, Smith JS, Moorthy C, Benzil DL. Early Experience with Spinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Four Patients. Abstract and Poster: American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. 2002. Jeremy S. Smith, MD
- Carlson G, Smith JS, Gorden C. Cervical Cerebral Spinal Fliud (CSF) Pressure: Effects of Body Position and Lumbar Drainage. Abstract and Poster: Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting. 2001.
- Anderson KD, Bhatia NN, Lee K, Luna M, Smith JS, Wahba G, Galassetti P. Carbohydrate Metabolism Impairments in Chronic Human Spinal Cord Injury. (manuscript in progress)
- Anderson KD, Bhatia NN, Lee K, Luna M, Smith JS, Wahba G, Galassetti P. Continuous glucose monitoring in individuals with spinal cord injury. (manuscript in progress)
- Smith JS, Linskey ME, Anderson KD. Acute Spinal Cord Injury in a Densely Populated Area of Southern California. (submitted for publication- J. Spinal Cord Medicine)
- Hah R, Smith JS. “Vascular Complications of Posterior Cervical Procedures”. In Kim D, Vaccaro AR. Complications of Spinal Instrumentation. In press
- Smith JS, Spoonamore M. “Laminoplasty”. In Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ. Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade. 3rd edition. In Press
- Smith JS, Spoonamore M. “Costotransversectomy”. In Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ. Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade. 3rd edition. In Press
- Smith JS, Bhatia N. “Postoperative Spinal Infections”. In Herkowitz HN, Garfin SR, Eismont FJ, Bell GR,
Balderston RA (ed) Rothman-Simone. The Spine. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA. 6th Edition.
- Smith JS, Bhatia N. “Thoracic Spinal Stability: Decision Making”. In Patel V, Burger E, Brown C. Spine Trauma: Surgical Techniques. Springer, Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2010. 213-228.
- Radcliff K, Kepler C, Smith JS, Vacarro A. “Thoracolumbar Fractures”. In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 4: Spine. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rosemont, IL.
- Smith JS, Hilibrand A. “Cervical spine surgery: anterior microsurgery.” AAOS: Instructional Course Lectures 2012;61:451-9. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rosemont, IL.
- Smith JS, Spiker WR, Gruskay J, Vaccaro A. “Fundamentals of Spinal Approaches”. The Neurosurgeons Operative Techniques. Oxford University Press. Section 3, Chapters 20-25. In Press
- Smith HE, Hwang RW, Smith JS, Vaccaro AR. “Odontoid Fractures”. Cervical Spine Trauma. Chapter 7. In Press
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting. “The Correlation Between Frequency of Surgical Site Infections and Surgery Case Order”. Podium Presentation. February, 2012
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Spine Surgery: State-of-the Art Techniques and Science. “Anterior Cervical Decompression” November 2013
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting. “The Seasonality of Postoperative Infection in Spine Surgery. Podium Presentation. February, 2012
- 11th Annual Thomas Jefferson Spine Fellows Alumni Symposium. “The Argument Against Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease.” Podium Presentation. July 2011
- The Spine Study Group 22nd Annual Symposium. “The Correlation Between Frequency of Surgical Site Infection and Time of Day That Surgery is Performed.” Podium Presentation. May 2011
- Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds. “Dural Repair Techniques and Technologies.” April, 2011
- Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds. “Healthcare Reform: An Update”. March, 2011
Jeremy S. Smith, MD
- Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds. “Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease- An Update on Basic Science.” February, 2011
- Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds. “Medical Errors, Negligence and Malpractice: How to Avoid a Lawsuit.” November, 2010
- Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds. “Sacral Tumors: Operative Management.” October, 2010
- Thomas Jefferson University Grand Rounds. “Spinal Cord Injury: An Update on Translational Studies.” July 2010
- American College of Spine Surgery 2009 Annual Meeting. “The Role of Decompression With Either Durotomy or Duraplasty Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in an Animal Model.” Podium Presentation. June, 2009.
- North American Spine Society 2009 Annual Meeting. “The Role of Decompression With Either Durotomy or Duraplasty Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury”. Podium Presentation. September, 2009.
- Cervical Spine Research Society 36th Annual Meeting. “The Role of Durotomy and Duraplasty Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in an Animal Model.” Podium presentation. December, 2008.
- Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College Department of Orthopaedics Research Forum. “Congenital Spinal Deformities.” July, 2004.
- Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College Department of Neurosurgery Annual Research Forum. "Early Experience with Shaped Beam Radiosurgery (SBRS) and Intensity Modulated Radiosurgery (IMRS) in the Management of Spinal Metastases." August, 2002
- New York Medical College 6th Annual Medical Student Research Forum: "Cerebral Spinal Fluid Pressure: Effects of Body Position and Lumbar Subarachnoid Drainage." March, 2002.
- Cervical Spine Research Society 29th Annual Meeting. “Cervical Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) Pressure: Effects of Body Position and Lumbar Drainage.” Abstract/Poster Presentation. December 2001
- Feb 2008 – June 2010
- UC Irvine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/
Reeve-Irvine Research Center under Ranjan Gupta, MD and
Oswald Steward, PhD. Our studies focused on spinal cord
injury and secondary responses in small animal models.
- Jul 2008 – June 2010
- UC Irvine, Department of Neurosurgery/Reeve-
Irvine Research Center under Kim Anderson, PhD. Research
focused on carbohydrate metabolism in the spinal cord injured
individual and the epidemiology of spinal cord injury.
- June 2002 – Mar 2004
- Westchester Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery
under Deborah Benzil, MD. Evaluated the use of stereotactic
radiosurgery in patients with spinal metastatic disease.
- June 1999 – Jul 2001
- UC Irvine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery under Gregory
Carlson, MD. Studies focused on evaluating spinal cord
compression and subarachnoid CSF pressures in a dog model.
- Sept 1998 – Dec 1999
- Undergraduate Researcher
- UCLA, Department of Hematology/Oncology, under
Richard Pietras, MD. Researched tamoxifen-estrogen receptor
interactions and subsequent intracellular signaling cascades.
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Reviewer- Spine Journal
- California Orthopaedic Association
- California Medical Association
- American Medical Association
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- Conversational Spanish
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