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Harvey E. Smith, MD

Harvey E. Smith, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Dr. Smith is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Back and Neck Herniated Disc Repair Surgery
  • Back and Spinal Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Back Surgery
  • Cementing Spinal Fractures
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
  • Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (Forestier's Disease)
  • Endoscopic Discectomy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Herniated Disc Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Neck Surgery
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Non-Operative Spine Compression Fracture Treatment
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Second Opinion
  • Spinal Compression
  • Spinal Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Fusions
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Stabilization
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship: Rothman Institute/Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, National American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, International Association for Collaborative Spine Research, International Lumbar Spine Research Society, International North American Spine Society, International Orthopaedic Research Society, International Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration, National Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, National Philadelphia Spine Research Society, International The American Orthopaedic Association, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Smith is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Milby AH, Tantorski M, Daffner SD, Arlet VM, Smith HE: Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Clinical Evaluation and Nonoperative Treatment "The Spine" : 2017.

Martin JT, Gullbrand SE, Mohanraj B, Ashinsky BG, Kim DH, Ikuta K, Wlliott DM, Smith LJ, Mauck RL, Smith HE: Optimization of pre-culture conditions to maximize the in vivo performance of cell-seeded engineered intervertebral discs Tissue Engineering : 2017.

Gullbrand SE, Martin JT, Ashinsky BG, Kim DH, Smith LJ, Elliott D, Smith H, Mauck R: Engineered Endplates Enhance the In Vivo Performance of a Replacement Disc-Like Angle Ply Structure (DAPS) Orthopaedic Research Society 2017 Annual Meeting : 2017.

Tong W, Lu Z, Qin L, Mauck RL, Smith HE, Smith LJ, Malhotra NR, Heyworth MF, Caldera F, Enomoto-Iwamoto M, Zhang Y: Cell Therapy for the Degenerating Intervertebral Disc Translational Research : 2017.

Gullbrand SE, AshinskyBG, Kim DH, Martin JT, Elliott D, Smith L, Mauck R, Smith H: Scale Up of Disc-Like Angle Ply Structures (DAPS) for Total Disc Replacement in Preclinical Animal Models Orthopaedic Research Society 2017 Annual Meeting : 2017.

Nayak NR, Richard Ce, Martinez-Lage M, Smith H, Malhotra NR: Synovial-type giant cell tumors of the axial spine J Neurosurg Sci : 2017.

Saville P, Kadam A, Smith HE, Arlet V: Anterior Hyperlordotic Cages: Early Experience and Radiographic Results Global Spine Journal 6 (S 01): 2016.

Gullbrand S, Martin J, Ashinsky B, Smith L, Arlet V, Mauck R, Smith HE: Correlations Between Quantitative T2 and T1 rho MRI Parameters and Mechanics and Biochemical Content in a Rabbit Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Model 23rd International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Whitecloud Basic Science Nominees and Top-Scoring Abstracts, Washington, DC : 2016.

Saville PA, Anari J, Smith HE, Arlet V: Vertebral body fracture after TLIF: a new complication European Spine Journal : 2016.

Wigner N, Saville P, Kadam A, Smith HE, Arlet V: Overpowering Posterior Instrumentation and Fusion using a Modified Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Technique, An Experience of 11 Cases Global Spine Journal 6 (S 01): 2016.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
3737 Market Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-3340
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)