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.