Accepting new patients

Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery ·  Male · Age 46

Dr. Smucker

Indiana Spine Group

13225 N Meridian St Carmel, IN 46032

Make an Appointment

Show Phone Number


Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Carmel, IN and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from Indiana University School Of Medicine in 1999 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery.


Insurance Check

Search for your insurance provider

Dr. Smucker accepts

Accepted insurance can change. Please double-check when making an appointment.

(317) 228-7000

Dr. Smucker accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
American Republic
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Commercial Insurance Company
Golden Rule
Humana
Principal Life
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Background Check

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice claims information for Indiana
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
Learn more about background checks

Experience Check

Check Dr. Smucker's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Smucker's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spondylolisthesis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smucker treats Spondylolisthesis more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Smucker treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smucker treats Spondylosis more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Smucker treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smucker treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Smucker treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis

Dr. Smucker's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Claudication
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Minimally Invasive and Navigational Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis

About Me

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 spendin...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2005
Emory University
Fellowship Hospital
2004
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency Hospital
2000
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Internship Hospital
1999
Indiana University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1995
Goshen College
Undergraduate School
2005
2004
2000
1999
1995

Awards

Dr. Smucker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Smucker

3.6

Based on 14 reviews

5 Stars
64.28571428571429%
(9)
4 Stars
0%
(0)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
35.714285714285715%
(5)

Leave a review

How likely are you to recommend
Dr. Smucker?
(Select your rating)
Average Reported Wait Time
  • 10 – 15 minutes
Dr. Smucker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What People Say About Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD
RecentHighestLowestMost Helpful
Reply
Dr smucker is a excellent doctor, he really cares about his patients, figuring out what's going on with each individual and coming out with the solution. He will be there from the beginning to the end until you are feeling much better I recommend him he is an excellent surgeon he let you know exactly what is going on with you and exactly what procedure he needs to do
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option1
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?
Reply
Left my dad with drop foot and unable to walk independently after the dr. cut a nerve in his second surgery with Dr. Smucker. Sent dad home (to ride in a car for 2 hours) one hour after surgery knowing there were significant complications after the first surgery. I would not trust him to preform surgery on anyone. Malpractice at its finest. But, the good Doctor takes no responsibility for his actions.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option1
thumbs down icon option2
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?
Reply
I would recommend Dr Smucker whole heartedly. He performed a double disc fusion in my neck and I just had my 2 year follow up. I feel great!
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option4
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?
Reply
Do NOT waste your time or money! I have suffered chronic neck and back pain for over 20 years! I have had numerous injections, physical therapy, etc. Nothing received my pain. I heard Dr Smucker was great and I was so excited to meet him. Needless to say he made me feel like a loser. He did not even look.at my MRI's I brought not look at my spine. My neck is visually swollen and he didn't even look.at it! He questioned me as to why I ever had injections!!!! I cried because he did not help!!!!
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option
thumbs down icon option3
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?
Reply
I had back surgery 16 days ago. I could write a book about the programs I experienced trying to limit my pain over the last 20 years. Physical therapy, injections, message therapy and chiropractic corrections. All were tried several times each. The last few months the pain has been unbearable. Dr. Smucker is very kind and humble. My wife as an ICU nurse of over 25 years says he has a great reputation. I am a new man after my surgery. I am truly grateful for what he has done for me.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option5
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?
Reply
He would not take time to read current MRI or reports, would NOT read anything current. Requested that he more then once read; but he was adamant watching his time only. All info he gave about past surgeries, current condition all wrong and based on report years older. He messed so much up we had to go to get all operative notes from all surgeries to get his data corrected that he added to file. Worst doctor ever looking out for $ only not to help. Appts. quick because has so few patients.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option4
thumbs down icon option7
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?
Reply
Dad, Bud, was a patient of Dr. Smuckers at the U.IA. Hosp. & Clinics I had the privledge to witness some of the best bedside manner I have ever seen. (Sadly, it doesn't happen often esp. w/ the elderly, people in pain, or cognitive decline.) He was always genuinely concerned, friendly, professional while being down to earth, honest w/ his opinions as to what steps, what to expect, if procedures were possible. Always talked & treated dad & family w/ respect & kindness. Thanks for your compassion!
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option8
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD?

Leave a review

How was your experience with Dr. Smucker?

Locations

Indiana Spine Group

1
  • Call
  • Fax
  • Hours
    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
  • Directions

Affiliated Hospitals

Check the quality of care at hospitals where Dr. Smucker treats patients.

Learn more

Compare Providers

More providers who are similar to Dr. Smucker

Show All Orthopedic Surgeons