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Harvey E. Smith, MD

Harvey E. Smith, MD Physician

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship 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

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement of Spinal Fusion
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Revision Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Fracture
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Steroid Injection
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Fusion
  • Eos Xray Machine
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Flatback Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Herniated Disc
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Laminoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation and Fusion
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Microsurgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • X-Stop Surgery
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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)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 (ABOS) Web Based Longitudinal Assessment Orthopaedic Spine Knowledge Source Group, 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:

Ashinsky B, Bonnevie E< Mandalapu S, Pickup S, Wang C, Han L, Mauck R, Smith H, Gullbrand S: Vertebral Endplate Remodeling Reduces Small Molecule Diffusion Into Degenerative Intervertebral Discs Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference : 2019.

Beth G. Ashinsky, Sarah E. Gullbrand, Edward D. Bonnevie, Chao Wang, Dawn M. Elliott, Lin Han, Robert L. Mauck, Harvey E. Smith: "Multiscale and Multimodal Structure-Function Analysis of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration in a Rabbit Model" Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX : 2019.

Edward D. Bonnevie, Sarah E. Gullbrand, Beth G. Ashinsky, Tonia K. Tsinman, Dawn M. Elliott, Harvey E. Smith, Robert L. Mauck: "Release of Residual Strain Activates Mechanosensing and Contractility-Dependent Apoptosis in AF Cells" Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX : 2019.

Beth G. Ashinsky, Edward D. Bonnevie, Stephen Pickup, Chao Wang, Lin Han, Robert L. Mauck, Harvey E. Smith, Sarah E. Gullbrand: "Disc Degeneration Alters Endplate Morphology and Mechanics and Reduces Disc Nutrition in a Rabbit Model" Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting : 2019.

Sarah E. Gullbrand, Beth G. Ashinsky, Edward D. Bonnevie, Dong Hwa Kim, Lachlan J. Smith, Dawn M. Elliott, Thomas P. Schaer, Harvey E. Smith, Robert L. Mauck: "Evaluation of a Human-Scale Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Disc in a Large Animal Model" Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX : 2019.

Bonnevie E, Gullbrand S, Ashinsky B, Tsinman T, Elliott D, Smith H, Mauck R: Fibrous Network Topography Regulates Fibrotic Phenotypes In Annulus Fibrosus Cells Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference : 2019.

Ashinsky BG, Gullbrand SE, Bonnevie ED, Mandalapu SA, Wang C, Elliott DM, Han L, Mauck RL, Smith HE: Multiscale and Multimodal Structure-Function Analysis of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration in a Rabbit Model Osteoarthritis and Cartilage : 2019.

Bonnevie ED, Gullbrand SE, Ashinsky BG, Tsinman TK, Elliott DM, Chao PG, Smith HE, Mauck RL: Aberrant mechanosensing in injured intervertebral discs as a result of boundary-constraint disruption and residual-strain loss Nature Biomedical Engineering : 2019.

Daffner SD, Kim DH, Radcliff KE, Smith HE: "Avoiding and Managing Complications in Routine Lumbar Spine Surgery" Instructional Course Lectures 68 : 2019.

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.

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)

In case of emergency, please call 911