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Matthew J Smith, MD, EMHL
Director of System Integration
University Orthopedics, Inc.
Providence, RI

About Matthew J Smith, MD, EMHL

Dr. Matthew 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 sacroiliac joints. 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 orthopaedic 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.


Smith MJ. The value of shared decision-making. SpineLine. 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. 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;21(3): 239-50.

Articles Reviewed by Matthew J Smith, MD, EMHL

Bundled Payments in Spine Surgery: Current Understanding and Future Directions

Efficacy of the bundled payment model has been demonstrated in total joint arthroplasty. However, concerns have been raised on whether bundled payments are appropriate for spine surgery.

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Trips/Travel (02/14/2019): Rhode Island Quality Institute (Travel expense reimbursement)