Matthew J. Smith, MD, EMHL
- Fellowship Trained in Spine & Sport Medicine
- Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Past Diplomate, American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
- Certified, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
- Integrative Healing
Dr. Smith is a Physician Leader with over 20 years experience in health delivery systems with a background in performance measurement, health policy and interdisciplinary teams to pursue population wellness.
Dr. Smith graduated from Queen's University Medical School in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1995. After completing a residency in Physical Medicine and 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 completed the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Brown University, further developing his skills as a physician leader.
Dr. Smith established East Greenwich Spine & Sport (EGSS) in 2003. EGSS has been a service of Care New England since 2014. Dr. Smith was the founding President of the Rhode Island Pain Society, and is 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. Integrative Healing (IH) is a non-covered service that helps many patients. For more information on Dr. Smith's background in IH, see the Integrative Healing brochure. 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.
See LinkedIn profile for a link to Dr. Smith's full curriculum vitae.