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Harvey E. Smith, MD

Harvey E. Smith, MD Physician

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

Dr. Smith is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Harvey E. Smith

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015, 2016

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

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 Fusion Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine - Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Stabilization
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

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, National Association for Collaborative Spine Research, National 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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Gullbrand S, Ashinsky B, Kim DH, Smith L, Schaer T, Elliott D, Smith H, Mauck R: In Vivo Mechanical Function of a Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Disc in Small and Large Animal Models 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland : 2018.

Gullbrand SE, Kim DH, Bonnevie E, Ashinsky BG, Smith LJ, Elliott DM, Mauck RL, Smith HE: Towards the Scale up of Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Discs for Clinical Application Acta Biomaterialia 70 (1): 154-164,2018.

Gullbrand SE, Smith LJ, Smith HE, Mauck RL: Promise, Progress, and Problems in Whole Disc Tissue Engineering Journal Orthopaedic Research Spine : 2018.

Saville P, Gandhi RA, Smith HE, Arlet V: Overpowering the Previously Posterior Instrumented Cervical Spine With Cage-Assisted Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A Cadaveric Study. Spine Deformity : 2018.

Gullbrand SE, Ashinsky BG, Bonnevie E, Kim DH, Smith LJ, Schaer TP, Elliott DM, Smith HE, Mauck RL: Functional Integration of a Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Disc and Translation to a Large Animal Model Northeast Bioengineering Conference : 2018.

Ashinsky BG, Smith HE, Wang C, Mauck RL, Han L, Gullbrand SE: Multiscale Structure-Function Analysis of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Northeast Bioengineering Conference : 2018.

Piazza M, Peck SH, Gullbrand SE, Bendigo JR, Arginteanu T, Zhang Y, Smith HE, Malhotra NR, Smith LJ: Quantitative MRI correlates with histological grade in a percutaneous needle injury mouse model of disc degeneration Journal of Orthopaedic Research : 2018.

Gullbrand SE, Kim DH, Bonnevie ED, Ashinsky BG, Elliott DM, Smith LJ, Mauck RL, Smith HE: Development of Disc-Like Angle Ply Structures for Total Disc Replacement at Clinically Relevant Size Scales Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2018.

Rider-Longmaid E, Huang J, Sebro R, Smith HE: Intraosseous pseudomeningocele of the mobile spine: a case report and review of the literature European Spine Journal : 2018.

Gullbrand SE, Ashinsky BG, Kim DH, Smith LJ, Elliot DM, Smith HE, Mauck RL: The Effect of Remobilization on the In Vivo Function of an Endplate-Modified Engineered Disc Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2018.

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)