Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
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Age 58
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Dr. Richard Smith, MD
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.

University Orthopedic Surgeons

1926 Alcoa Hwy Ste 210

Knoxville, TN 37920

Contact Information

(865) 546-2663

Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Accepted insurance

  • 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
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 14 More

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Care Philosophy

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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Dr. Smith's Experience

Dr. Smith'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 Hand Surgery
  • Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


  • 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 Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Injection of Tendon
  • Microneurovascular Surgery
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Peripheral Nerve Repair
  • 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
based on 14 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Smith Says:

I appreciate patients taking the time to provide feedback.  Our office values all of the feedback, good and bad, so that we can focus on improving the patient's experience in our office.  If you have questions or concerns you can call us at 865-546-2663 and someone will evaluate your question and get back in touch with you.

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
Patient Comments (6)
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.
Knoxville, TN |
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 stated that he did nothing to address it and that is a "separate deal". Really! I was shocked that he never informed me of his plan, never advised me he would not be addressing this major issue.
in Corryton, TN |
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 for my surgeon.
in Newport, TN |
I have had 2 fractured arms, he did both surgerys and I am doing great. He is a nice. great surgeon.
in Knoxville, TN |
In early January, I tore a tendon in my finger by simply flicking something off the car seat. It was now my turn to visit Dr. Smith (who took care of my husband?s Trigger Finger a few months earlier). He diagnosed the problem immediately and gave us the prognosis?outpatient surgery that could be performed by the end of the week. Wow! I just got the initial brace off yesterday and will be as good as new in a few weeks. Thank you Dr. Smith and your wonderful staff.
in Knoxville, TN |
A nurse friend who first saw my finger told me I had Trigger Finger, as did a doctor; both telling me it would require surgery. I was completely resigned to the inevitability of surgery. Dr. Smith looked at my finger and told me that he could give me a shot that very day and forego any surgical procedure. Well, that was almost four months ago. My finger is back to normal!!! Dr. Smith was not only honest but also kept the conversation on a personal, professional and understandable level.
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Dr. Smith accepts 28 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
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  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
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  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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  • Golden Rule
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
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  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MedHealthInsurance
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • POMCO Group
  • Priority Health
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
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    Navigate HMO
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    Options PPO
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  • WellCare
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University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37920
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