Dr. Stuart Smith, MD

Dr. Stuart Smith, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
53 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Stuart Smith, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Nashville, TN. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Saint Thomas West Hospital, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Tristar Centennial Medical Center.

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance - TOA

8 City Ave

Nashville, TN 37209
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

Providing compassionate, expert orthopaedic care.
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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 Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dry Eyes
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Felty's Syndrome
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision Surgery
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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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 Georgia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Carolinas Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Carolinas Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Harvard Medical School, Joint Replacement
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smith has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smith to family and friends
based on 38 total reviews (18 with comments)
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 (18)
in Antioch, TN |
Dr. Smith performed anterior hip replacement on my left hip in May. I couldn't walk without a cane my first visit. He was very professional, explained all aspects of the surgery. It was wonderful to not have that horrible pain anymore after surgery. He just replaced my right hip in August as well. I'm walking like my old self again. Dr. Smith is awesome and don't put off hip surgery. You won't regret doing it!
in Hermitage, TN |
Dr. Smith is a wonderful surgeon. He takes time to explain everything that is going to happen. TAP really educates you on every step of your surgery. One month after my hip replacement I'm walking without pain wit no pain medication. He also did double knee replacement on my Husband and he is doing wonderful.
in Murfreesboro, TN |
I saw Dr Smith today for a knee with fluid on it. He was great taking it out. I was so scared it was going to hurt. I didn't feel a thing. He's my a hero. I have also had 2 hip replacements with him in the past year. Had a total hip replaced and was out dancing on the Friday night after Mondays surgery on the 1st one and out Wednesday morning at a Meeting at work in heels ?? after surgery on Monday on the 2nd. He's a God sent. No pain what so ever after surgeries. Should have done it years ago.
in Nashville, TN |
Dr. Smith is highly educated, credentialed, and well-respected. He spends more than enough time explaining the surgical procedure and expected outcome. Most importantly, he listens with a good heart. I cannot recommend more highly for hip replacement.
in tullahomatn |
DR, Smith is very helpful he explains what he will do and helps answer any question you have to ask
in Mount Juliet, TN |
My experience with Dr. Smith and TOA, from the initial consultation through post-op, was excellent. I always felt I was being carefully listened to by the doctor and his great staff Bryn and Dorene. It is my way to have a lot of questions which Dr. Smith always took the time to fully answer. I had double knee replacement with fast recovery leaving on a flight only 5 weeks later to attend our family reunion.
in McMinnville, tn |
Had bilateral knee replacement June 2016. Had yearly checkup today and my knees are awesome!! No complaints with Dr smith, excellent work and would highly recommend Dr Smith. he explained my X-ray and went in detail about replacement . Very thorough and professional. He is the best!!
in Goodlettsville, TN |
My name is Carolyn Cornwell, I am 79 years old. I recently had an MRI showing that I needed total hip replacement. I chose to go to Dr. Stuart Smith because of high recommendation from a former patient. I had my surgery on May 10, 2017 went back for followup on June 1, 2017. I went to therapy and stop using walker and never used a cane. Dr. Smith was so amazed of my fast recovery that he chose not to even see me back in 3 months. I would recommend Dr. Smith to all who need surgery.
Nashville, TN |
I had bilateral knee surgery in January 2017 with Stuart Smith as the surgeon. Excellent outcome.
Nashville, TN |
Dr. Smith has replaced joints in most of my family. I fell and broke my leg and he was on call. He did surgery and repaired my leg. He is so calm and reassuring and we feel blessed to know such a good orthopedic surgeon.
in Brentwood, TN |
Dr. Smith did an anterior approach hip replacement. It was a wonderful experience. I was informed of the procedure and what to expect. Scheduling of pre-op class, surgery and post surgery office visit was done in the best manner possible. Whenever I called the office, I received a return call promptly from his nurse. Dr. Smith is an excellent surgeon; pain I had experienced is gone and they handled my post op pain perfectly. This was a life changing experience. Dr. Smith is the best!
in Glasgow, KY |
He has a very pleasant mannerism and is thorough in his expertise. My surgery came through without complication. He dealt nicely with my family members.Initial appointment took some time. After he saw my MRI i was moved up the schedule promptly.He answered all my questions and he spent necessary time with me.
in Nashville, TN |
I have had appointments with Dr. Smith for over ten years. I would not consider going to another orthopedic physician other than Dr. Smith and have recommended him many times to those with orthopedic problems.
in Orlinda, TN |
Great doctor.
Nashville, TN |
I had a horrible experience. After a knee manipulation and things just not going well, many months of P.T, I had a second opinion and it was discovered that I had a stretched PCL which apparently wasn't appropriately address doing the knee replacement & now after a second opinion I've learned that I'm going to have to have the procedure done all over again. I am so distraught just thinking about all the pain, suffering, expense, loss of enjoyment, I will have to endure all over again. Aweful
in Chattanooga, TN |
Replaced right knee after another physician botched the surgery the year before. Replaced left hip after another doctor misdiagnosed the problem and recommended knee replacement. In both cases there was minimal scarring and rapid and total recovery. We have recommended him to a number of friends.
in Hendersonville, TN |
I had bilateral unicompartmenta knee replacement in Feb. of 2016. Dr. Smith explained all the pros and cons and after checking me out gave me my options . He left it totally up to me. He even told me that it would be painful but that due to my condition on both knees that he thought he could relieve me of some or all of my pain. I returned home the day after surgery. It was painful but after about 3 weeks I was back at work. I am back to all activities 4 months post op. Great Surgeon.
in Ashland City, TN |
Dr. Smith is a consummate professional in his field. He is very personable and does an outstanding job of answering questions in a manner understandable by a layman. The quality of his work is outstanding. He performed a single knee replacement for me and I would have no compunction about him performing any future surgery of this nature again on my other knee. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Smith accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
    Blue Network E
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Smith has admitting privileges

Tristar Centennial Medical Center
2300 Patterson St
Nashville, TN 37203
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Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
2000 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37236
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Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road Po Box 380
Nashville, TN 37205
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