Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Richard Smith, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Knoxville, TN and has been practicing for 28 years. He graduated from Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr in 1984 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

11440 Parkside Dr Ste 110

Knoxville, TN 37934

Contact Information

(865) 218-9300

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Bluegrass Family Health
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Top Care Areas

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Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hands
very high
more than 98% of peers
Elbow Injuries
very high
more than 98% of peers

Dr. Smith's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Smith's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Richard S. Smith, M.D. attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated with highest honors. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis before completing a general surgery internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Smith also completed a year hand fellowship at Baylor University in Houston. Dr. Smith is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and possesses the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand. He serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. His interests are injuries and problems of the hand, wrist and elbow. He enjoys the intricacy of working with the hand and the combined skills it requires of orthopaedic, plastic and general surgery. Dr. Smith also specializes in the treatment of arthritis, carpal tunnel surgery and injuries of the upper extremity.He embraces the most complex problems requiring repair and reconstruction and was the first surgeon in Tennessee to use XIAFLEX to treat Dupuytrens contracture. He is also utilizing a new and minimally invasive treatment for tennis elbow called the FAST (Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue) procedure which shows great promise for relieving pain an discomfort for his patients. Dr. Smith has been in practice over 25 years. He deals with both common and complex problems of the hand, wrist and elbow. Dr. Smith has been named one of Knoxville's "Top Docs" by City View magazine numerous times. His personal hobbies include music, reading, running and golf. He also publishes a blog called "Lending a Hand" which deals with common hand problems."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "I place a high priority on involving my patients in their care. Once I have made a diagnosis I will try to explain the problem to the patient in clear language they can understand.  I often use charts which are in our office with pictures and diagrams as well as handouts to help make things clear.  When I feel there is only one treatment option available, I will make that clear but if there are multiple options available I try my best to help the patient come to the conclusion that will best serve their needs.  If the patient is uncertain or unclear about what's going on I have no problem with patients seeking second opinions or exploring other options.  I want to make sure the patient understands the treatment I am recommending and the goals and limitations of that treatment."


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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

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

41  Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Cancer
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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29  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Injection of Tendon
  • Microneurovascular Surgery
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Peripheral Nerve Repair
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • University Of Florida-Jacksonville
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • University Of Florida-Jacksonville
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Baylor U/St Luke's Hosp
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smith has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smith to family and friends
15 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

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Dr. Smith'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
Dr. Smith Says:

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Patient Comments (7)

Dr Richard S.Smith is a wonderful doctor! I had terribly horrible pain in both my hands and thumbs and Dr. Smith operated and fixed the problems with both my hands and thumbs. He is an EXCELLENT doctor and surgeon! He has a great bed side manner and office manner and very nice and listened to all I...more
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Dr Smith did a cyst removal in my left hand. the procedure went smoothly and successfully. He is easy to work with. his office is friendly and efficient. the procedure was quick and painless. I am very happy with the success of the surgery and would highly recommend him for any hand/wrist surgery.
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I went to Dr. Smith with 2 equal and separate problems of the same joint. I explained both in great detail at our initial meeting and pre-surgery meeting. At my 6 week followup I asked what he did to alleviate "problem A", as my range of motion felt the same (painful) as it did before surgery. He...more
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I broke my elbow and tore some ligaments. It was a pretty bad injury. Dr. Smith and his staff took great care of me! He was kind and took time to answer ALL of my questions prior to surgery and talked to me about my rehab and what I could expect in the coming weeks. I am thankful to have had him...more
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I have had 2 fractured arms, he did both surgerys and I am doing great. He is a nice. great surgeon.
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