Eric L. Smith, MD


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.

Primary joint reconstruction
Revision joint reconstruction
Metal-on-metal total hip replacements and hip resurfacing
Total joint replacement in bariatric patients
Total hip arthroplasty using anatomic femoral heads

Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of California at Davis (1992)
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana (1996)
Residency, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (2002)
Fellowship, Adult Reconstructive Surgery, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA (2006-2007)

Board Certification
Orthopedic Surgery

Honors and Awards
2015, “Top Doctor,” Boston Magazine
2012, Patient Choice Award
2012, “Top Doctor,” U.S. News & World Report
2010-2011, Resident Teaching Award, Department of Orthopedics, Tufts Medical Center
2005, Excellence in Research Award, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
2000, Resident Research Award, Hawaiian Orthopedic Association
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal (4)
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terror Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon

Professional Memberships
Boots on the Ground Advocacy Program, AAHKS, 2012
Member, Eastern Orthopedic Association, 2009
Fellow, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, 2008
Member, Massachusetts Orthopedic Society, 2008
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2006
Member, Hawaii Orthopedic Association, 1998
Member, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, 1998

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine