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Matthew Smuck, MD

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Orthopaedic Spine Center 450 Broadway St Pavillion A FL 1 MC6110 Redwood City, CA 94063
    Tel Work (650) 725-3409 Fax (650) 721-3410
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 721-7603
    Administrative Contact
    Ashley Johnson Administrative Assistant Tel Work 650-721-7627
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Dr. Matthew Smuck is the Chief of PM&R and Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Stanford University, and is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services for Stanford Hospitals and Clinics. He specializes in the comprehensive conservative management of spine disorders at the Stanford University Spine Center. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Afterward he completed his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford University, followed by a one year Spine Fellowship at Stanford.

Dr. Smuck is a Deputy Editor of The Spine Journal, Co-Editor of the Orthopedics Knowledge Update in Spine, 4th edition and is on the Assistant Editorial Board of the European Spine Journal. He serves multiple leadership roles in prominent national and international physician societies. This includes sitting on the Board of Directors for the International Spine Intervention Society, and serving as Chairman of the North American Spine Society’s Advanced Lumbar Spine Injection Course. Dr. Smuck’s research interests lie in objective measures of activity and outcomes assessment in musculoskeletal diseases, and in maximizing the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous spine interventions. He has published numerous book chapters and scientific articles over the course of his career. His work was recognized with The Spine Journal’s 2013 Outstanding Paper Award for Medical and Interventional Science, and with best research awards at the annual meetings of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine in 2012; the International Spine Intervention Society in 2011, 2012 and 2013; the American Academy of PM&R in 2011 and 2013; and the North American Spine Society in 2009 and 2013. He has been invited to lecture on spine and rehabilitation topics at Universities and medical conferences across the US and on 4 continents.

Clinical Focus

  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
  • Spine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Stanford University (2011 - present)
  • Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Stanford University Hospital & Clinics (2011 - present)
  • Director, Stanford PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship (2009 - present)
  • Interim Director, The University of Michigan Spine Program (2008 - 2008)
  • Director, University of Michigan PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship (2007 - 2008)

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Paper Award: Medical and Interventional Science, The Spine Journal (2013)
  • Instructor, International Spine Intervention Society (2013)
  • Best Papers, North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting (2013, 2009)
  • Best Pain and Spine Abstracts, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2013)
  • Medtronic Best Poster Award, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (2012)
  • Best Clinical Research Award, International Spine Intervention Society (2012, 2013)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Board of Directors, International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) (2013 - present)
  • Deputy Editor, The Spine Journal (2011 - present)
  • Assistant Editorial Board, European Spine Journal (2011 - present)
  • Chair, Research Division, International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) (2013 - present)
  • Chair, NASS Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections Course (2011 - present)
  • Co-Chair, North American Spine Society 2013 annual meeting (2013 - present)
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Professional Education

Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (2001)
Board Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehab, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2002)
Board Certification: Pain Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2003)
Fellowship: Stanford University Hospital - Interventional Spine CA (2002)
Internship: Oakwood Healthcare System MI (1998)
Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine IN (1997)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

I specialize in precision diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders. My research interests lie in objective measures of activity and outcomes assessment in musculoskeletal diseases, and in maximizing the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous spine interventions.


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