Matthew Smuck, MD

Spine physiatrist, Physiatrist

Bio:   Dr. Matthew Smuck is the Chief of PM&R and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He is also the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services for Stanford Healthcare where he specializes in the comprehensive conservative management of spine disorders. He is a physician leader and current Vice President of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), and has served on the Board of Directors of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Foundation for PM&R. Dr. Smuck is also an award-winning researcher who pioneered the new field of physical performance monitoring. He directs the Wearable Health Lab at Stanford, investigating medical applications of mobile technology to improve musculoskeletal and neurologic disease detection, treatment and prevention. His work is recognized by numerous research society awards and publication awards, including the ISSLS Medtronic Award in 2012, the American Academy of PM&R’s 2014 President’s Citation Award, the PM&R Journal’s 2015 Best Original Research Award, the 2016 ISSLS Prize, and The Spine Journal’s Annual Outstanding Paper Award in 2013, 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

Orthopaedic Spine Center

  • 420 Broadway Street
  • 1st Floor
  • Redwood City , CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-725-5905
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Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine Registrar (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

  • 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)
  • 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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