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Matthew Smith, MD

Matthew Smith, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Specialty
Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Elbow, Knee and Hip Arthroscopy Surgery

Clinical Interests
Arthroscopic and open treatment for shoulder injuries including instability (dislocations), SLAP tears, rotator cuff tears, AC joint injuries and clavicle fractures. Arthroscopic and open treatment for elbow injuries including Tommy John ligament injuries, dislocations, fractures, loose bodies, and stiffness. Special interest in treatment of shoulder and elbow injuries in the throwing athlete. Arthroscopic and open treatment of knee injuries including meniscus tears, ACL tears, PCL tears, patellar dislocations, multi-ligament knee injuries, cartilage injuries with focus on restoration and reconstruction procedures. Arthroscopic treatment of hip injuries in youth and young adults.

Research Interests
Clinical outcomes in shoulder and elbow injuries in the throwing athlete. 

Background
As a native of Virginia, Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.  He earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia campus. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He was privileged to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Michigan where he served as an assistant team physician for the University of Michigan football, basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics and baseball teams. He then went on to complete a mini-fellowship in throwing athlete and sports elbow from the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. Upon completion of his fellowships, he joined the sports medicine division in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University as an assistant professor. Since joining Washington University in 2009, he has served as a team physician for the St. Louis Blues. He also served as the team physician for the USA Karate Team at the World Championships in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. In the community, he has served as the team physician for Pattonville High School and Francis Howell North High School.  

Additionally, Dr. Smith has been selected as one the “Best Doctors in St. Louis” by St. Louis Magazine since 2011 and as one Americas “Best Doctors” since 2009. He has been an invited faculty at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Learning Center in Chicago, IL.  The Learning Center serves a training facility for orthopaedic surgeons across the country. He has been named as a course director for a national course at the Learning Center. In 2013, Dr. Smith was one of three sports medicine surgeons in the United States selected to represent the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) for the Asia-Pacific traveling fellowship to Japan and China. He has also been an invited speaker at the AOSSM/NHL conference “Keep your Edge: Hockey Sports Medicine” in Toronto, Canada. He serves on the editorial board of the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

 

Dr. Smith is active in research that is shaping sports medicine and that is improving patient care.  He completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine in 2014. He has authored or co-authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications and has written numerous book chapters.  In 2010, he was awarded the “Excellence in Research” award by the AOSSM for research in hip biomechanics. He has also won several major research awards from the AOSSM and the American Shoulder and Elbow Society in conjunction with his sports medicine partners at Washington University and through collaborative research efforts through the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) ACL study group, the MOON shoulder study group, the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS), and the Meniscal Tear With Osteoarthritis Research (MeTeOR) study. His current research efforts are focused on injury prevention strategies in throwing athletes.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, NHL Physicians Society and the Magellan Society.


Awards

  • 2014 O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (co-author) "Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Graft Choice Impact on Outcome in the MARS Cohort"
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Asia-Pacific Traveling Fellowship (2013) 
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Society Neer Award (co-author)Defining Indications for Rotator Cuff Repair: Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Treatment of Chronic, Symptomatic, Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears” (2013)
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2013)
  • Selected “ Best Doctors in St. Louis” by St. Louis Magazine” (2011-2014)
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Society Neer Award (co-author) "The effect of acetabular labrum tears on hip stability and labral strain in a joint compression model" (2011)
  • Excellence in Research Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2010)
  • AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scientist Development Program (2007)

Board Certifications
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 2011
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification, 2013

Medical Degree
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia campus

Residency
Internship - General Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland - Case Western Reserve University
Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland- Case Western Reserve University

Fellowship
Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, University of Michigan
Mini-Fellowship, Throwing Athlete and Sports Elbow, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL

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Washington University and St. Louis Children's Young Athlete Center

USA Baseball Safety Committee Guidelines

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

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