I am a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. For me, the practice of medicine is a combination of patient care, teaching, and research. I began my practice at the University of Iowa in 2005 - a tertiary care, level-one trauma setting. I moved my practice to Indiana Spine Group in 2014. I have a strong interest in research and have published a number of manuscripts and presented my findings at national and international meetings. My patients are the most rewarding part of my practice and I greatly enjoy my interactions with them. I was privileged to train at many of the top spine surgery and orthopaedic surgery programs and have translated those experiences into my clinical practice and my research endeavors over the years. The practice of spine surgery is not only an opportunity to help patients, but is also a life-long learning opportunity for physicians. My personal learning opportunities have allowed me to incorporate novel new technologies into my spine surgery practice. My special interests include computer-assisted spinal navigation, cervical spine disorders, and cervical disc arthroplasty (replacement). My team at Indiana Spine Group has helped me create a patient-friendly environment that emphasizes outstanding patient care and communication. Teaching has been an important aspect of my career over the years. Teaching comes in many forms and for me has included teaching of: patients, my staff, medical students, orthopaedic surgery residents, spine surgery fellows, and masters/PhD candidates. It has been my experience that some of my best research projects have come from great questions asked of me by patients and my students. I've been taught far more by others in these interactions than I am currently able teach.
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The most important aspect of patient care is communication. In an age of e-mail, the internet, and electronic health records, the most beneficial form of communication with patients remains face-to-face verbal interaction. I enjoy spending time with patients and discussing their decision-making process in the course of our clinical interactions. In most circumstances, patient questions help to drive our discussions over time and can play an important role in complex decision making processes.
If possible, it is my goal to return patients to function and to preserve function over time. Not all patients who see a surgeon will require a surgery, and many may be successfully managed without a surgical intervention. My partners and practice setting at Indiana Spine Group allow me to maximize the options that are available to patients with spinal conditions. When spine surgery is recommended, it is wonderful to have an environment that allows for a patient-focused care setting both in my office and in the hospitals where I practice.
I believe that my patients deserve the ability to spend quality time with their care providers. Compassion and respect play a huge role in this interaction over time. Spine and nerve disorders involve complex healing processes. While not all patients will have a condition that I may successfully treat, the interaction regarding options and patient outcomes is still important. My team at Indiana Spine Group shares this philosophy and helps me create a positive environment for patients, our team, and our referring physicians.
Dr. Smucker's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Smucker's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Hip Pointer Injuries
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
Indiana University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1999
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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