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.Read more
I am a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. For me, the practice of medicine is a combination of patient...Read more
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smucker to family and friends is 3.7 out of 5