Dr. Smuck is a 16-year member of NASS, and a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University, where he serves as the Chief of PM&R.
His scholarly pursuits have been focused on two fronts. First, in alignment with his clinical expertise, he has led and contributed to numerous studies to improve outcomes and influence national treatment trends for people with low back pain. Second, recognizing the limitations caused by reliance on subjective self-reported outcomes in spine and musculoskeletal disease research, he has sought to define methods to objectively quantify alterations in real life physical performance using wearable technology. To this end, he founded and directs the Stanford University Wearable Health Lab with the goal of employing this transformative technology in monitoring, treating and preventing disability from musculoskeletal diseases.
To date he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, winning annual publication awards from NASS/The Spine Journal, the journal PM&R, ISSLS, and the AAPM&R. Dr. Smuck has been at the forefront of efforts to develop objective and quantifiable methods to measure physical function in spine care using methods developed in his basic science aboratory to develop methods to provide new insights into the mechanisms of low back pain and of novel digital biomarkers of spine disease.
Due to his expertise in digital health and medical applications of wearable technologies, he teaches and mentors outside of the Stanford Medical School. For example, he has contributed to Stanford’s Biodesign Program as a lecturer, team mentor, and judge. He serves on PhD candidate advisory committees and as post doc supervisor for scientists in the Computer Sciences Department, Bioengineering and Bioinformatics. In total, he has supervised research by more than 50 students, residents, fellows, post docs and visiting scholars—
resulting in their direct involvement in more than 60 original peer-reviewed publications. Residents and fellows he has mentored have won research awards at national and international meetings including the annual meetings of NASS, SIS, ISSLS, and the AAPM&R. Nearly 20 of his mentees are now enjoying their own successful academic careers at institutions across the US, with several establishing expertise in digital health-related basic science, and many more are productive members of NASS.
He has previously served as Deputy Editor of The Spine Journal, Co-Chair of the NASS Annual Scientific Committee, and as an at-large member on the NASS Board of Directors. He is currently a Senior Reviewer for the Coverage Committee and a member of the NASS Exercise and PPRC Committees.
Nominated by David J. Kennedy, MD