Eric L Smith, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Eric Smith
771 Albany Street


Eric L. Smith, MD is a fellowship-trained adult reconstructive orthopedic surgeon at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Smith’s clinical interests include primary joint reconstruction, revision joint reconstruction, and arthritis. He specializes in various types of hip surgery, including hip replacements, hip resurfacing, total joint replacement in bariatric patients, and total hip arthroplasty using anatomic femoral heads – replacement parts that mimic the size and shape of the actual hip joint. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California at Davis, he earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA and completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Smith served ten years on active duty, during which time he was deployed to Afghanistan as an orthopedic surgeon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also completed a specialized fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Smith is a member of several professional organizations, including the Boots on the Ground Advocacy Program, the Eastern Orthopedic Association, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Massachusetts Orthopedic Society, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. A four-time recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Dr. Smith has received numerous honors and awards during his career, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Medal, and, in 2015, he was named among “Boston’s Best Orthopedic Surgeons” by Boston Magazine.


  • Tulane University School of Medicine, MD
  • University San Diego, BS


  • Published on 3/5/2019

    Pina M, Gaukhman AD, Hayden B, Smith EL. Three Concurrent Periprosthetic Joint Infections: A Case Report and Literature Review. Hip Pelvis. 2019 Mar; 31(1):57-62. PMID: 30899716.

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  • Published on 2/6/2019

    Padmanabha A, Li MT, Tybor DJ, Smith EL. Risk Factors for Tibial Component Oversizing in Total Knee Arthroplasty among African Americans. J Knee Surg. 2019 Feb 06. PMID: 30727018.

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  • Published on 12/22/2018

    Smith EL, Dugdale EM, Tybor D, Kain M. Comparing Inpatient Complication Rates between Octogenarians and Nonagenarians following Primary and Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty in a Nationally Representative Sample, 2010?2014. Geriatrics (Basel). 2018 Dec 22; 4(1). PMID: 31023971.

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  • Published on 11/8/2018

    Veltre DR, Sing DC, Yi PH, Endo A, Curry EJ, Smith EL, Li X. Insurance Status Affects Complication Rates After Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Nov 08. PMID: 30418270.

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  • Published on 3/2/2018

    Veltre DR, Yi PH, Sing DC, Curry EJ, Endo A, Smith EL, Li X. Insurance Status Affects In-Hospital Complication Rates After Total Knee Arthroplasty. Orthopedics. 2018 May 01; 41(3):e340-e347. PMID: 29494747.

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  • Published on 2/21/2018

    Smith EL, Tybor DJ, Daniell HD, Naccarato LA, Pevear ME, Cassidy C. The 22-Modifier in Reimbursement for Orthopedic Procedures: Hip Arthroplasty and Obesity Are Worth the Effort. J Arthroplasty. 2018 07; 33(7):2047-2049. PMID: 29615376.

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  • Published on 1/3/2018

    Smith EL, Miller J, LeRoy T, Ingall E, Tybor DJ, Martin JT, Pevear ME. Off the Market: The Percentage of Products Available After Ten Years. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2018 Jan; 2(1):e076. PMID: 30211376.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Matzkin EG, Curry EJ, Kong Q, Rogers MJ, Henry M, Smith EL. Efficacy and Treatment Response of Intra-articular Corticosteroid Injections in Patients With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017 Oct; 25(10):703-714. PMID: 28953085.

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  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Colacchio ND, Cleary MX, Reid D, Trofa DP, Pevear M, Smith EL. Direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty requires less supplemental acetabular screw fixation and fewer blood transfusions than posterior approach. Current Orthopaedic Practice. 2017; 28(4):404-408.

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  • Published on 4/2/2016

    Rajaee SS, Theriault RV, Pevear ME, Smith EL. National Trends in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty in Extremely Young Patients: A Focus on Bearing Surface Usage From 2009 to 2012. J Arthroplasty. 2016 09; 31(9 Suppl):63-8. PMID: 27430185.

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