Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD

Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 44
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Dr. Joseph Smucker, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Carmel, IN. He is 44 years old and has been practicing for 18 years. Read his story

13225 N Meridian St

Carmel, IN 46032

Contact Information

(317) 228-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Principal Life
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 98% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Smucker's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smucker "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smucker "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."


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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Claudication
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • 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)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torticollis


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  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive and Navigational Procedure
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Synovial Biopsy

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • Goshen College
    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
  • Emory University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smucker has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smucker's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smucker to family and friends
based on 11 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Smucker Says:

As physicians we all strive to provide excellent service.  I value feedback from my patients and am thankful for the time that patients take to help me understand how I may serve them better.

Dr. Smucker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
Martinsville |
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!!!!
Westfield, IN |
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.
in Indianapolis, IN |
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.
in De Witt, IA |
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!
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Dr. Smucker accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Principal Life
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Smucker has admitting privileges

St. Vincent Carmel Hospital
13500 N Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
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Indiana University Health North Hospital
11700 N Meridian St
Carmel, IN 46032
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St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
2001 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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