Brian G. Smith, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and the director of pediatric orthopedics for Yale Medicine. He cares for children and adolescents with musculoskeletal disorders that range from simple and complicated fractures to complex problems such as club feet and hip dislocation. His goal is to manage care for children so that they experience less pain, fewer doctor visits, less fear and the best possible outcomes.
Dr. Smith’s primary clinical interest is in spinal deformity, including such conditions as scoliosis (abnormal lateral curve) and kyphosis (outward curve or hunching) in children and adolescents. These conditions can be challenging and complex, often requiring bracing and surgical care. He also cares for children with neuromuscular disorders, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.
As the oldest of eight children, Dr. Smith saw firsthand how often children can get injured. “I had younger siblings, and maybe that motivated me to pursue this field,” he says. As a result, he believes in approaching children and families with honest communication. He also knows that fixing an orthopedic problem for a child and relieving any pain they may have can lighten the load for the whole family, he says.
“For kids, their goal is just to get out there and play,” Dr. Smith says. “They don’t have secondary agendas. If we can help make their lives just like any other child’s, it’s just so special and gratifying to us. That’s what really keeps me going.”
A professor of orthopedics & rehabilitation for Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Smith was involved in the creation of a Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Program (PMDP) that is one of only five in New England. In 2017, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization, named Yale’s PMDP a certified Duchenne Care Center. It offers coordinated multidisciplinary care for the diagnosis and treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness that affects one in 5,000 boys and is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in children.
Dr. Smith has been included on a regional list of top doctors.
Years In Practice
Yale Medicine, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital