Brian G Smith MD

Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Nursing; Director, Yale Pediatric Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Residency Program Director, Department of Orthopaedics

Research Interests

Spinal mobility following spinal fusion; Effectiveness of bracing on idiopathic scoliosis; cavus foot deformity treatment; Neuromuscular scoliosis; fractures in children


Research Summary

Currently we are engaged in a pedicle screw study comparing uni-axial screws to mono-axial screws in the lab to assess stress or pressure applied to the vertebra from the different screws.

Another project involves the assessment of Lyme arthritis in children presenting to the Emergency Room with joint effusions and distinguishing Lyme from Septic Arthritis.

Extensive Research Description

Brian Smith is a doctor at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr Smith is currently involved in two major research projects; one on pedicle screws comparing uni-axial screws to mono-axial screws in the Lab to assess stress or pressure applied to the vertebra from the different screws and one assessing the role of Lyme arthritis in children presenting to the Emergency Room with joint effusions and distinguishing Lyme from Septic Arthritis.


Selected Publications

  • “Low Body Mass Index as a Risk Factor for Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome following Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis,” Brian Smith, Mariam Hakim, Jeffery Thomson, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, April, 2009
  • “Direct Intraosseous Pressure Monitoring of the Femoral Head during Surgery for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis,” Lee E. Rubin, Nicholas J. Galante, Brian G. Smith, Peter A. DeLuca, Orthopedics, 31(7):663-6, 2008.
  • “Racial and Economic Disparity and the Treatment of Pediatric Fractures,” James Slover, Jennifer Gibson, Tor Tosteson, Brian G. Smith, Kenneth Koval, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 25(6): 717-21, 2005.
  • “Treatment of Pediatric Both-Bone Forearm Fractures: A Comparison of Operative Techniques,” Vinson A. Smith, Howard J. Goodman, Allan Strongwater, and Brian G. Smith, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 25(3): 309-313, 2005.
  • “Lateral Compression Injuries of the Pediatric Elbow: Panner’s Disease and Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum,” Ky Kobayashi, Kevin J. Burton, Craig Rodner, Brian G. Smith, Andrew E. Caputo, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 12(4): 246-54, 2004.

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