Dr. Joel Smith, MD

Dr. Joel Smith, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 57

Accepting new patients

Dr. Joel Smith, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Chula Vista, CA and has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Mn Med Sch medical school in 1991. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Smith to book an appointment.

Locations

Joel J Smith MD Inc.

South Bay Office750 Medical Center Ct Ste 6 Chula Vista, CA 91911
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(858) 437-9976

Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Specialists

Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Specialists3750 Convoy St Ste 116 San Diego, CA 92111
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(858) 437-9976

At a Glance

  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ See hospitals
  • Hospital Satisfaction Patients said they were highly satisfied at this doctor's hospital. See hospitals

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Smith

3.5

Based on 18 ratings

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I had some complicated fructures and a lot of recovery time. He and his staff was and is there for me the whole time. Very energetic and kind person. His knoledge and precision is fascinating as He cares for His patients like no other. I’d recommend Him to anyone.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Norbert Namenyi in Escondido, CA – Jul 24, 2018
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Wonderful doctor. Takes time to explain procedures and options. Skilled at his job and friendly bedside manner. Did my elderly mother's partial hip replacement surgery flawlessly after a tragic fall that broke her hip. She is 79 now, is walking without a cane and living wonderful life!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Marcella L in San Diego – Mar 31, 2017
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fixed my shoulder. good bedside manner. explains everything i needed to know in plain english.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Marcy in San Diego, CA – Nov 23, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Smith's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smith treats Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Smith treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smith treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Smith treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Tibia and Fibula Fractures
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smith treats Tibia and Fibula Fractures more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Smith treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Smith's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Ataxia
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Sprain
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Ligament Disorders
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Trigger Finger
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery

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Dr. Smith accepts the following insurance:

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Aetna HMO
Aetna PPO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield of California
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Molina Healthcare
Molina
Sharp Health Plan
Gold Value
Health Premier
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

About Me

Care Philosophy

I work to provide centered care, focused on the functional recovery of each patient.

Biography

Dr. Smith is a native of San Diego, growing up in the Linda Vista region.  After graduating from high school, he attended Occidental College in Los...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hip & Knee Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Dartmouth Hitchcock M C
Residency Hospital
University Of Mn Med School
Residency Hospital
1998
Sports Medicine Ulleval Hospital Oslo Norway
Fellowship Hospital
1993
Research Fellowship Biomechanics Laboratory University Of Minnesota Minneapolis
Fellowship Hospital
1991
University of Mn Med Sch
Medical School
1986
Occidental College
Undergraduate School
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Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Joel Smith, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (858) 437-9976, and for other questions, call (858) 278-8110.

Does Dr. Joel Smith, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Smith has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Joel Smith, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Joel Smith, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Smith's profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Joel Smith, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Joel Smith, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Smith frequently treats Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury), Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear), and Tibia and Fibula Fractures. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Smith treats.

Where is Dr. Joel Smith, MD's office located?

Dr. Smith's office is located at 750 Medical Center Ct Ste 6, Chula Vista, CA 91911. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Smith is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido

Escondido, CA

18 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)

Palomar Medical Center Poway

Poway, CA

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

Escondido, CA

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

San Diego, CA

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

13 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

Chula Vista, CA

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Sharp Grossmont Hospital

La Mesa, CA

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

Sharp Memorial Hospital

San Diego, CA

83% Patient Experience Rating, 14% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)