Dr. Matthew Smuck is the Chief of PM&R and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services for Stanford Healthcare where his clinical work concentrates on medical and interventional management of spine disorders. He is a physician leader and current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Interventional Pain Medicine, past President of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), and he served on the Executive Editorial Board of The Spine Journal and the Board of Directors of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Foundation for PM&R. Dr. Smuck is an award-winning researcher and pioneer in the field of human physical performance monitoring. He founded and directs the Wearable Health Lab at Stanford, focused on developing methods of wearable sensor data analytics to discover digital phenotypes of mobility-limiting orthopedic and neurologic diseases, and applying these methods to improve disease detection, prevention and treatment. Dr. Smuck has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. His work is recognized by numerous research society awards and publication awards, including the ISSLS Medtronic Award, the American Academy of PM&R’s President’s Citation Award, the PM&R Journal’s Best Original Research Award, several Outstanding Paper Awards from The Spine Journal, the ISSLS Prize, and the NASS Henry Farfan Award.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2001) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, Physical Medicine and Rehab (2002)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, Pain Medicine (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
  • Best Basic Science Research Award, International Spine Intervention Society (2011)
  • Best Clinical Research Award, International Spine Intervention Society (2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Best Musculoskeletal Research Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2011)
  • Best Original Research Award, Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the PM&R Journal (2015)
  • Best Pain and Spine Abstracts, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2014, 2013)
  • Best Papers, North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting (2013, 2009)
  • Faculty Mentor, 1st Place Theodore M. Cole Resident Research Award, University of Michigan (2009, 2007, 2004)
  • Henry Farfan Award, NASS (2021)
  • Instructor, International Spine Intervention Society (2013)
  • Jose C. Montero MD Teaching Award, Stanford University, PM&R residency program (2010)
  • Medtronic Best Poster Award, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (2012)
  • Most Outstanding Biomedical Research Paper, Indiana University School of Medicine (1997)
  • Outstanding Paper Award: Basic Science, The Spine Journal (2018)
  • Outstanding Paper Award: Medical and Interventional Science, The Spine Journal (2013)
  • Outstanding Paper Award: Surgical Science, The Spine Journal (2017)
  • President's Citation Award, AAPM&R (2014)
  • Runner-up: Outstanding Paper Award: Medical and Interventional Science, The Spine Journal (2016)
  • Runner-up: Outstanding Paper Award: Medical and Interventional Science, The Spine Journal (2017)
  • The ISSLS Prize for Lumbar Spine Research, ISSLS (2016)
  • Young Investigator Award, US Bone and Joint Decade (2006)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Director, University of Michigan PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship (2007 - 2008)
  • Director, Stanford PM&R Spine Fellowship (2009 - 2014)
  • Director and Founder, Wearable Health Lab (2014 - Present)
  • Interim Director, The University of Michigan Spine Program (2008 - 2008)
  • Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Stanford University Hospital & Clinics (2011 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

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(72 reviews)

Dr Smuck and Dr DAvid Liang are the best, talented and concerned Doctors I have the opportunity to have as my Specialist Doctors
Thank you for the e cellent services
Dr Smuck is the best
I met Drs. Smuck and Alamin and I am so impressed. Dr Smuck recognized that I had travel a long way and arranged for me to see Dr Alamin. I can’t wait to see Dr Alamin with a scalpel in his hand.
Very engaging, precise and professional attitude
Alsways top notch care
Excellent, caring, competent, and caring doctor. Only problem id he is so busy that scheduling an appointment is an issue. I guess because he and the clinic are so good.
He is personable, confident in his abilities and I trust his judgment
Extremely knowledgeable and very willing to take time to answer questions. A pleasure to work with.
Good explanations and very helpful..
Awesome doctor.
Always prepared, personable and professional
This is a well-oiled program -- from Melissa Hastings, NP to Dr. Smuck to Jessica (surg coordinator) to Howard (?) Ho at reception to the medical assistant (sorry, don't remember her name).
Both the Doctor and his assistant are very kind and gave me good instructions.
From check-in to check out everyone did a top notch job of providing service.
He is an excellent doctor!
An excellent doctor
Dr. Smuck responded to all of my concerns in a pleasant and informative way.
Dr. Smuck was pleasant , professional, and responded to my questions and concerns clearly.
He is "as good as it gets." It is safe to rely on his suggestions and treatment.
Very happy with Dr. Smuck.
Dr. Smuck was great -- attentive, personable, and reassuring.
He is very positive and shows his concern for my situation holistically and specifically.
Doctor is obviously very knowledgable in his expertise. Could use a little more empathy however.
both Dr. Smuck and Dr. T. were friendly, professional and used evidence based medicine to understand my medical issue
excellent Med care
I cannot say enough about Dr. Smuck and his office staff. I have always received excellent care and immediate response on my Health.
Great personality.... I felt at ease the moment he walked in - (Dr. Smuck) - My health is complicated..... but Dr. Smuck addressed that and made good decisions based on that -
I will definatly recomend Dr. Smuck to anyone.
Stellar understanding, tolerance and patience giving me their ear.
Dr. Smuck is great and his intern, Dr. Stephanie Jones, was terrific!
Dr. Smuck has excellent communication skills. He listened with what felt like a 'clear mind' in that he did not appear distracted and allowed me to describe my situation without interruption, which is rare in medical offices these days. He then asked pertinent questions, all while being friendly and professional. His follow up comments, recommended procedure and diagnoses were helpful. And all of this comfortably within the 15 minute time frame.
Dr. Smuck & PA Melissa were very generous with their time and information provided to my elderly mother, the patient, and her husband, especially advice on managing pain, covering options, & improving living conditions.
Dr. Smuck and his assistant, Melissa Hashap are excellent, courteous, and professional. Dr. Smuck is working with me to use exercise for Pain Management. With all of my chronic medical issues, it's working.
He answer my questions, he was very kind and patience with me and me feel very confident to ask questions.
Always a pleasure to work with Dr Smuck
Dr. Smuck is the most effective, efficient, respectful & knowledgeable doctor I have ever met. I feel lucky to be his patient.
Dr. Smuck is great! Give him a raise!
Care provider was not in a hurry to get to the next patient. Thank you for your time & care.
Dr. Smuck is a genius! give him a raise!
Dr. Smuck is great!
The doctor was very thorough and very professional.
Dr. Smuck has always been great about providing explanation of possible treatments & outcomes available. Would recommend to anyone I know w/back/spine issue!
excellent teamwork
Dr. Smuck took the time to explain all options fully & carefully. Really appreciated his knowledge & truly feels he's trying to get me better.
I feel that the doctor spend an adequate amount of time listening to my concerns and explaining his findings to us. Very professional.
Specific concerns about my physical therapy program weren't not discussed in enough detail and therefore not adequately addressed.
Dr S is the best.
Dr. Smuck should pull up scans or X-rays and go over the results and explain what the results mean w/visuals. It would help build confidence w/his recommendations.
I am very pleased that Dr. Matthew Smuck is available to see me every 6 months. Previously (3 years ago) he served as a consultant for my care and. then returned my care to my private (non-Stanford) physicians.
It is always a pleasure to see Dr. Smuck. He is very informative and always has the right answers for my questions.
Needs more compassion.
I felt my health was important to each person in the room. Very responsive to my needs.
dr smuck is the greatest!!!
I would have appreciated more information about alternative therapies for the pain associated with a herniated disc. The doctor and nurse just continued to support standard physical therapy. Even if they do not view alternative therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic) as effective I would have appreciated more information about them and an explanation of why they were not recommended in my case.
He had full understanding with my health problem & explain it to me.
He is going to help me I no I believe in him it's his work-ward God is with us. #1. I like him.
I wish he would have gone over the Spine xrays and MRI of the lumbar spine I just had had the day before to explain the findings with me. He didn't seem very interested in my case. Referred me to another doctor for follow-up following my EMG.
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.
Provider was competent but was not very empathetic or communicative - I felt my input was not received well.
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.
Smuck and his PA were great each time.
Mister Smuck and his assistant were a great tandem to talk with.
Dr. Smuck was exceptional. As usual.
Dr. & PA were helpful in determining my next course of treatment & referral to specialist.
It is too difficult to get an urgent appt.
Good experience!
Excellent services.

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