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L. Ryan Smart, MD

Patient Satisfaction Rating: 4.8 4.8

Specializing In


Sports Medicine


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Dr. Smart is a board-certifiedfellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is extensively trained in treating adult and pediatric sports injuries including treatment and surgical repair of injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow.  He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. 

Dr. Smart has an active and personal interest in sports medicine given his background as a former member of the Cornell University Men’s Varsity Hockey team.  A talented player, he was drafted by the New Jersey Devils during the NHL hockey draft in 1994 and participated in the US Olympic Festival for Hockey in 1995.  His on-the-ice experience gives him first hand knowledge of the injuries athletes endure and their mindset for recovery.

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L. Ryan Smart, MD 4.8 4.8

Friendliness/Courtesy of Care Provider: 4.9 4.9

Care Provider explanations of problem/condition: 4.8 4.8

Care Provider concern for questions/worries: 4.8 4.8

Care Provider efforts to include in decisions: 4.8 4.8

Care Provider information about medications: 4.7 4.7

Care Provider instructions for follow-up care: 4.8 4.8

Care Provider spoke using clear language: 4.9 4.9

Time Care provider spent with patient: 4.7 4.7

Patient's confidence in Care Provider: 4.8 4.8

Likelihood of recommending Care Provider: 4.8 4.8

"Dr. Smart is an excellent surgeon and a wonderful medical professional. He is very personable and has a very caring attitude as relates to your problem and course of treatment. I have already recommended him to people who indicate that they have rotator cuff problems. He is simply the "Best"."

"Dr. Smart was great to me. Took into account the fact that I am a physical therapist and made me feel my opinion mattered. I highly recommend him."

"Dr. Smart came highly recommended through coworkers and family of coworkers. I'm very glad I was able to get him for my case."

"*Dr. Smart was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable. He didn't seem rushed but I would have appreciated just a few more minutes with him to review our plan of attack."

"Dr. Smart was excellent, listened to every word I said. He helped ease my fears about my pain and his prognosis and pain management recommendation was right on - I'm feeling much better!"



About Our Survey


Cornell University, Ithaca NY, BA in Nutritional Science, May 1998
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI, June 2004


Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT, June 2009


New England Baptist Hospital, Boston MA, Sports Fellowship, 2009-2010

The Clinical Experience

Specializing in Sports Medicine


State of New York, 2010

Honors and Awards

Cornell University Men's Varsity Ice Hockey, 1994-1998
Member ECAC and Ivy League Championship teams, 1996-1997
Participated in NCAA Tournament, 1996-1997
Drafted in the National Hockey League entry draft by the New Jersey Devils, 1994
Participated in the U.S. Olympic Festival for Hockey, 1995
ECAC Men's Ice Hockey All-Rookie Team, 1995
Member Academic All-Ivy League Team, 1996-1998
1st place prize Yale Orthopeadic Surgery anatomy 2008 and 2009
Orthopeadic Surgery Leadership Forum, Quebec City 2009
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society

Professional Society Memberships

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

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