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Eric L. Smith, MD, FAOA, Joins New England Baptist Hospital as Chief of Arthroplasty

Orthopedic surgeon Eric L. Smith, MD, FAOA, has joined New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders as Chief of Arthroplasty. In this role, Dr. Smith, who specializes in joint replacement, reconstructive surgery and revision surgery of the hip and knee, will be involved in the clinical care of patients, research and teaching. He will also play an active role in the Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship Program, providing advanced training to physicians in adult reconstructive surgery.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Smith join our team,” said David A. Passafaro, President, NEBH. “Dr. Smith brings a level of expertise and renowned leadership that will continue to elevate the NEBH joint replacement program.”

A prolific researcher, lecturer and educator, Dr. Smith has been invited to speak nationally and internationally. Over the years he has received over one-million dollars in research grants, including from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). He has been named a Top Doctor in Castle Connolly’s annual list each year since 2015. He was named outstanding orthopaedic educator at both Boston University and Tufts University orthopaedic programs.

Prior to joining NEBH, Dr. Smith served as Chief, Division of Arthroplasty and Fellowship Director at Boston Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California at Davis, he earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA and completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.

Dr. Smith served ten years on active duty, during which time he was deployed to Afghanistan as an orthopedic surgeon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Smith is a four-time recipient of the Army Commendation Medal and has received numerous honors and awards during his career, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Medal.

About New England Baptist Hospital

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. NEBH has been the official hospital of the Boston Celtics for over 30 years. New England Baptist Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health (, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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