Matthew Smuck, MD

Spine physiatrist

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Bio:   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 Healthcare. 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. He has published numerous book chapters and scientific articles over the course of his career.

Dr. Smuck is a pioneer in the new field of objective tracking of physical performance in musculoskeletal diseases. He leads the Wearable Health Lab at Stanford, applying rigorous medical research methodology and advanced statistics to the analysis of mobile technology data with the goal of creating new insights into human diseases and developing novel tools for disease detection and prevention. His research was recognized with the AAPM&R’s 2014 President’s Citation Award, 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, 2013 & 2014; the the North American Spine Society in 2009 and 2013; and the American Academy of PM&R in 2011, 2013 & 2014. He has been invited to lecture on spine and rehabilitation topics at Universities and medical conferences across the US and abroad.
4.7 out of 5
202 Patient Ratings
11 Patient Comments

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

Orthopaedic Spine Center

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2001) CA
  • 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 (2002) CA
  • Internship: Oakwood Healthcare System (1998) MI
  • Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine (1997) IN
  • Fellow, Stanford University, Interventional Spine Medicine (2002)
  • Resident, Stanford University, PM&R (2001)
  • M.D., Indiana University, School of Medicine (1997)
  • B.S., Milligan College, Biology, Humanities, French (1993)

Honors & Awards

  • President's Citation Award, AAPM&R (2014)
  • 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, 2014)
  • Medtronic Best Poster Award, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (2012)
  • Best Clinical Research Award, International Spine Intervention Society (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Faculty Mentor, Best Resident Research Presentation, Stanford University PM&R Residency (2012)
  • Best Musculoskeletal Research Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2011)
  • Best Basic Science Research Award, International Spine Intervention Society (2011)
  • Jose C. Montero MD Teaching Award, Stanford University, PM&R residency program (2010)
  • Visiting Professor, El Maadi Military Hospital Complex, Cairo, Egypt (9/2010)
  • Young Investigator Award, US Bone and Joint Decade (2006)
  • Instructor, National and International spine injection training workshops (annually since 2005)
  • Faculty Mentor, 1st Place Theodore M. Cole Resident Research Award, University of Michigan (2009, 2007, 2004)
  • Most Outstanding Biomedical Research Paper, Indiana University School of Medicine (1997)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Director and Founder, Center for Medical Mobile Technology (2014 - 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)

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4.8

Friendliness

4.6

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.0

Wait times

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I saw first a resident and then Dr. Smuck. I quite like and support teaching facilities, and my experience here was very good. The resident was excellent, and so was Dr. Smuck.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Provider was competent but was not very empathetic or communicative - I felt my input was not received well.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I didn't have enough visits or care from this doctor. I only saw him one time so I would have a hard time fully recommending him. But I did enjoy the first visit and felt he was very good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Smuck and his PA were great each time.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Mister Smuck and his assistant were a great tandem to talk with.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Smuck was exceptional. As usual.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. & PA were helpful in determining my next course of treatment & referral to specialist.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

It is too difficult to get an urgent appt.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Good experience!

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Excellent services.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Great!

4.7 out of 5
202 Patient Ratings
11 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I saw first a resident and then Dr. Smuck. I quite like and support teaching facilities, and my experience here was very good. The resident was excellent, and so was Dr. Smuck.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Provider was competent but was not very empathetic or communicative - I felt my input was not received well.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I didn't have enough visits or care from this doctor. I only saw him one time so I would have a hard time fully recommending him. But I did enjoy the first visit and felt he was very good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Smuck and his PA were great each time.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Mister Smuck and his assistant were a great tandem to talk with.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Smuck was exceptional. As usual.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. & PA were helpful in determining my next course of treatment & referral to specialist.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

It is too difficult to get an urgent appt.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Good experience!

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Excellent services.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Great!