Clark Charles Smith, MD

Clark Charles Smith, MD

Academic Appointments

  • John A. Downey Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center

Current Administrative Positions

  • Director, Interventional Spine
  • Medical Director, Outpatient Operations

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-3535

Clark Smith, MD, MPH, FAAPMR is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He specializes in treating patients with acute and chronic sports and spine injuries. Dr. Smith is board certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at Duke University, received his M.D. and Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) from Tulane University, underwent residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University where he also served as Chief Resident, and completed a multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Smith has a special interest in pain and sports medicine. He uses a multidisciplinary non-operative approach to treating acute and chronic sports and spine problems. Depending on the scope and severity of the problem, treatment options may include individualized therapy programs, medications, or non-operative interventional procedures targeted at a particular injury or problem. Procedures that Dr. Smith performs include: ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided joint injections, Platelet Rich Plasma (PrP), spine injections, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and many others. The goals of Dr. Smith’s treatment are to help every patient achieve his or her highest level of performance and function.

Dr. Smith sees patients at CUMC's main campus at 180 Ft. Washington Ave, Suite 199, HP 182, and at CUMC's midtown campus at 51 W 51st st. between 5th and 6th ave., 3rd Floor. Call 212-305-3535 for an appointment.

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pain Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Interventional Spine Care
  • Pain Medicine/Management
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of Spine
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Pain (Neck)
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Disease
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Degenerative Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Spinal Disorder
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Disorder of Intervertebral Disc
  • Herniated Cervical Disc
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problem
  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Muscle Strain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Neck and Lumbar Spine Problems
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Pain, Acute
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Pain Due to Spinal Stenosis
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Radiculopathy
  • Radiofrequency
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Spinal Disorder
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Root Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Stenosis of Lumbar Region
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Point Injections

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Education and Training

  • Tulane University / School of Medicine
  • MD, MPH, 2006 Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Residency: Emory University Affiliated Hosptials
  • Fellowship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Locations

  • CUIMC/Harkness Pavilion

    180 Fort Washington Avenue
    1-199
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535
    Fax:
    (212) 342-1470
  • ColumbiaDoctors - Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    375
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3535

Practices and Centers

  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • AETNA [Aetna Signature Administrators, EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Student Health]
  • CIGNA [EPO, Great West (National), HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO, HMO, PPO]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare (National) [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Railroad, Traditional Medicare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • Quality Health Management [Quality Health Management]
  • RiverSpring [Special Needs]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Compass (Exchange), Empire Plan, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

Contact Info

  • (212) 305-3535

Past Positions

Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 2011-present
John P. Downey Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine

Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Chicago, IL 2010-2011
Fellow, Interventional Pain Medicine

Emory University, Atlanta, GA 2009-2010
Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

Emory University, Atlanta, GA 2007-2009
Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pittsburgh, PA 2006-2007
Resident Physician, Preliminary Year, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Presentations

National Presentations

International Spine Intervention Society – Annual Scientific Meeting 2014, Orlando, FL

Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection – The Infraneural Approach

Immunizations, Infections and Corticosteroid injections

International Spine Intervention Society – Annual Scientific Meeting 2015, Las Vegas, NV

Musculoskeletal and Systemic Causes of Radicular Pain

Diabetes and Epidural Corticosteroid injections

Spine Intervention Society – Annual Scientific Meeting 2016, New Orleans, LA

Interventional Spine Procedures and Anticoagulants

North American Spine Society 2016 – Annual Meeting

Interventional Approach to Hip Pain

Spine Intervention Society --- Annual Scientific Meeting 2017, San Francisco, CA

Diagnosis and treatment of posterior buttock pain

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine – Annual Meeting 2017, Denver, CO

Diagnosis and treatment of posterior buttock pain

Spine Intervention Society --- Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Chicago, IL.

Informed Consent, A Form or a Conversation

Long Term Systemic Risks of Epidural Steroids

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Annual Meeting 2018, Orlando FL

Updates on Safety for Safe Performance of Epidual Steroid Injections

Lectures Given (Medical Students, Residents, Fellows)

Introduction to Lumbar Spine Procedures: Hands on Resident Course. Columbia University, September 2018.

Introduction to Lumbar Spine Procedures: Hands on Resident Course. Columbia University, September 2016.

Current Frontiers: New Techniques in Management and Diagnosis of Tendinopathy. Columbia University. April 2014.

Ultrasonic Evaluation of Strains and Sprains. National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) Ultrasound Course 2012

Faculty member, New York Society of PM&R Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course 2011. 2012

Radiculopathy and Electrodiagnostics, Columbia University Neurology Rounds, May 2012

Shoulder Pain, Columbia University Anesthesiology Rounds, May 2012

Other lectures to residents, medical students and fellows on various topics including: Electromyography in Pain Medicine, Painful Neuropathy, Radiculopathy, Muscle Physiology, Spinal Cord Injury and Chronic Pain. Functional Capacity Evaluation, Celiac Plexus Blocks, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Shoulder Examination, Cervical Spine Examination, Opioids and Non-Malignant Pain

Committees / Societies / Memberships

Spine Intervention Society

- Chair, Patient Safety Committee

- Member, Standards Division

North American Spine Society

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation

Honors and Awards

Super Doctors New York Rising Stars 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

John P. Downey Endowed Associate Professor 2019

Academy of Clinical Excellence 2019