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Pain Physician Joins Shepherd Center Medical Staff

Michael Smith, D.O., will treat patients in the Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute at Shepherd Center

Michael Smith, D.O.

Shepherd Center recently announced that Michael Smith, D.O., has joined its medical staff.

As a staff physiatrist, Dr. Smith will provide care for patients in the Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute at Shepherd Center, which provides long-term pain management and therapy for individuals experiencing chronic pain.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Smith to our medical staff,” said Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer of Shepherd Center. “His extensive training and specialization, especially in unique populations, will be a huge asset as we aim to serve more people experiencing complex and chronic pain.”

Dr. Smith attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, after which he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and an interventional spine fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.

“I look forward to working with patients to improve their health through a multidisciplinary approach to function and quality of life,” Dr. Smith said. “At the Pain Institute, we can provide fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided procedures of the spine and extremities, medication management, osteopathic manual medicine, physical therapy, and other modalities, all customized to meet the needs of each patient so that they can live their best life.”

Dr. Smith joins Erik Shaw, D.O., medical director of the Pain Institute, who has been caring for patients there since 2006.

 Learn more about the Pain Institute.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.