Photo: Scott T. Smith, M.D.

Scott T. Smith, M.D.

Orthopaedic Trauma, Reconstruction After Trauma, Total Ankle Replacement, Lower Extremity Deformity Correction, Osteotomies, Limb Lengthening, Spatial Frame, Ilizarov Technique

Currently serving as president of University Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Scott Smith has nearly 20 years of traumatology experience working with orthopaedic injuries to both the upper and lower extremities. Dr. Smith specializes in foot and ankle reconstruction as well as total ankle arthroplasty. He also works closely with patients with post-traumatic needs, such as arthritis, limb lengthening utilizing the Ilizarov technique, and bone transport to fill the gaps of missing bone. He has special interests in injuries to the pelvis, foot, and ankle and post-traumatic reconstruction.

A femur fracture in his teenage years strengthened Dr. Smith’s interest in athletic training. Coupled with his interests in anatomy and the mechanics of movement, he chose a career as a physician in orthopaedic medicine. He is a graduate of The University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he served as chief resident in 1995 – 1996. He also completed an orthopaedic traumatology fellowship at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Dr. Smith currently serves in a number of leadership roles, including chairman of the Division of Orthopaedics at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, medical director for the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence, and assistant professor at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, and he is frequently recognized as a Top Doc by his professional peers in Cityview Magazine.

In his spare time, Dr. Smith enjoys playing golf and competes in both state and national mid-amateur tournaments. Dr. Smith and his wife have two sons.

Dr. Smith's Educational Links


  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1987
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 1991


  • Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1991 – 1992


  • Orthopedic Surgery: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1992 – 1996


  • Orthopedic Traumatology: University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 1996 – 1997

Began Practice at University Orthopedic Surgeons

  • 1997

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1999

Professional Distinctions

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • Paul R. Lipscomb Orthopaedic Society
  • Tennessee Orthopaedic Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center
“Thanks to my care at UOS, I can return to hiking and backpacking. Five months after surgery to repair a badly broken ankle, which occurred while I was in Maryland, I developed an infection. The surgeon in Maryland advised that another surgery was required to remove the metal screws and plates and to clean out the infection, and then a period of antibiotics. Although he said he would do the surgery he said it would require several visits. Due the distance from my home he suggested I get it done in Knoxville. The orthopaedic group I and my family had used for years refused to see me, as did several other orthopaedic surgeons in town. My wife was in tears. I could loose my lower leg and no surgeon wanted to follow another surgeon's work. Dr. Smith agreed immediately to see me and following surgery in April, and physical therapy, I now look forward to more days enjoying the beautiful outdoors on my own "two" feet. Dr. Smith and his staff have been fantastic. His skill and medical staff's attitude removed so much concern from me and my wife. God bless them.”
– Bill