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J. Steve Smith, M.D.

Specializes in the area of orthopedic sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, total shoulder replacement, and athletic-related injuries.

Dr. Smith specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and athletic-related injuries. He completed his fellowship training at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California, this intensive training and research program is one the country’s largest and most respected sports medicine fellowship programs.

Seen as an expert in his field, Dr. Smith served as the founding medical director for Baptist Sports Medicine and is the current team physician for Ballard High School and North Oldham High School. In addition, he was on the medical staff of the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, USC football team, and numerous other collegiate and high school sports teams. He has published numerous research papers and abstracts, and has made presentations relating to the advancement of arthroscopic surgery in sports medicine.

Dr. Smith is a native of Kentucky, earning his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University and attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Rochester in New York and then completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of many national, state, and local medical societies.


World-Class Orthopedic Care to Athletes of All Kinds. Dr. Smith’s truly unique expertise allows him to provide outstanding care to his patients. While his background in professional athletics may lead you to believe that he caters only to the nation’s finest athletes, his patients include occasional runners, pick-up basketball players, seniors who enjoy playing fetch with the grandkids, and other active individuals. If you have an ache or pain that is preventing you from performing at your best, Dr. Smith can help.

Among Dr. Smith’s specialties is total shoulder replacement (arthroplasty), a complex procedure that not every orthopedic surgeon can offer.

“Total shoulder replacement is a highly successful procedure, with a success rate of about 90 percent,” says Dr. Smith. “It can truly provide life-changing results to patients who haven’t experienced improvement with other treatments.”

Consider visiting Dr. Smith at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic if you’d like to speak with a highly respected orthopedic surgeon about your musculoskeletal health concerns.

Subspecialty: Sports Medicine

With an impressive background in sports medicine and superior clinical expertise, Dr. Smith has been trusted to serve on the medical staffs of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers, as well as the USC Trojans football team

Common Injuries Treated by Dr. Smith

Dr. Smith treats athletes with all types of injuries and degenerative disorders, including meniscus tears, rotator cuff tears, ACL injuries

Procedures Performed by Dr. Smith

Dr. Smith’s treatment repertoire is extensive. He specializes in total shoulder replacement, joint reconstruction, arthroscopic procedures, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and other leading-edge surgeries

Additional Information About J. Steve Smith, M.D.

4130 Dutchman's Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Phone: (502) 897-1794
Fax: (502) 897-3852

3605 Northgate Court, Suite 207
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: 812-920-0408
May 2001 - Doctor of Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Lexington, Kentucky.
May 1997 -Bachelor of Science, Western Kentucky University. Bowling Green, Kentucky. Summa Cum Laude.
2006-2007: Fellow: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Sports Medicine. Los Angeles, California.
2002-2006: Resident: Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester.Rochester, New York.
2001: Intern: Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester. Rochester, New York.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified 2009
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)
Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS)
Kentucky Medical Association (KMA)
Southern Orthopaedic Association
Arthroscopic Surgery
Sports Medicine
Shoulder Arthroplasty/Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
Shoulder, Knee, Elbow Reconstruction
Baptist Hospital East, Louisville, Kentucky
Physician's Medical Center (PMC)
Current Team Physician/Orthopaedic Consultant:
Ballard High School - present
North Oldham High School - present
2008 Ryder Cup
Centre College, NCAA Division III
Anderson County High School

Formerly Assistant Team Physician:
Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball
Los Angeles Lakers, National Basketball Association
Los Angeles Sparks, Women’s National Basketball Association
Los Angeles Kings, National Hockey League
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Major League Baseball
Anaheim Ducks, National Hockey League
Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer
Los Angeles Avengers, Arena Football League
Fullerton College Football, North Orange County Community College
Rochester Redwings, Triple-A Professional Baseball.
University of Rochester Football, Division III Collegiate Football.
Rochester Americans, The American Hockey League.
Rochester Raging Rhinos, A-League, United Soccer League.
Rochester Brigade, Arena Football League 2.
Webster Shroeder Football, Class AA New York State High School Football.
Western Kentucky University Baseball Team, Sun Belt Conference, Division I NCAA Baseball.
Managing Meniscal Injuries: The treatment. Goldblatt, JP; LaFrance, RM; Smith, JS. Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. December, 2009.

Managing Meniscal Injuries: The diagnosis. Goldblatt, JP; LaFrance, RM; Smith, JS. Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. August, 2009.

Electromyographic analysis of forearm muscles in professional and amateur golfers. Farber AJ, Smith JS, Kvitne RS, Mohr KJ, Shin SS. American Journal of Sports Medicine. February, 2009

Cuboid dislocation in a professional baseball player. Smith, J.S.; Flemister, A. American Journal of Sports Medicine. January, 2006

Improved meniscal injury diagnosis with MRI. Goldblatt, J.P.; Smith, J.S. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. March, 2005.

Meniscal injuries: The treatment options. Goldblatt, J.P.; Smith, J.S. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. April, 2005.

Frontal plane knee angles affects dynamic postural control strategy during unilateral stance. Nyland, J.; Smith, S.; Beickman, K.; Armsey, T.; and Caborn, D.N. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 34(7): 1150-7, 2002.
Arthroscopic Treatment of Anterior Shoulder Dislocation. University of Louisville Grand Rounds. March 2012

Management of First Time Shoulder Dislocation. Arthrex Surgeon Training Course. February 2011

Surgeon Expectations. HillCo Distribution Annual Meeting. September 2009

Shoulder Concepts: Rotator Cuff Tears. Baptist Hospital East Grand Rounds. March 2009

Ulnar Collateral Ligament Insufficiency. Kentucky Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Team Lecture Series. November 2008

Elbow Injuries in Athletes. Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Grand Rounds. 2007

Comparison of Arthroscopy and MRI Findings in Cartilage Defects. Plato Schwartz Lecture. 2006
Comparison of Arthroscopy and MR Imaging for Grading of Knee Chrondromalacia. Smith, J.S.; Bissell, S.; Proulx, S.; Maloney, M.; Totterman, S.M.S.; Lerner, A.L. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, 2006.

Adolescent Females and Males with Valgus Knee Alignment Use Different Postural Control Strategies During Single Leg Stance. Smith, S.; Nyland, J.; Armsey, T.; Johnson, D. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2000 Annual Meeting.

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I was able to get a office visit on short notice. It seemed to be a very busy day. Rebecca took the time to listen to all of my issues and discuss a plan for additional treatment. I have always been impressed with her knowledge and bed side manner.
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Dr Goodin has replaced both of my knees this year with excellent results. He and Carly listen to my concerns, act promptly and work hard to make this journey the best it can be. Carly and Dr Goodin both have GREAT bedside manner and I feel I am in expert care with them.
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

4130 Dutchman's Lane,
Suite 300,Louisville 40207
(502) 897-1794

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3605 Northgate Court,
Suite 207,New Albany 47150
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Northgate Medical Center
3605 Northgate Court
Suite 207
New Albany, IN 47150