Dr. William Smith is a fellowship-trained orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon who specializes in the treatment of traumatic and degenerative conditions of the elbow, wrist, and hand. His interests and expertise include both operative and nonoperative treatment of nerve compression pathologies, such as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome; trigger finger; cyst removal; tendonitis and ligament injuries; fracture fixation and injury management; and the reconstruction of arthritic conditions.
Dr. Smith grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, attending St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and receiving his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He earned his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Temple University Health System. Following his year as chief resident in orthopedics and sports medicine at Temple, he obtained additional fellowship subspecialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, with his original research and reviews having been presented at national meetings around the country, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Association for Hand Surgery. He is currently a candidate member of these organizations and has held both educational committee and delegate positions while participating in medical outreach programs serving Honduras and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Smith specializes in the treatment of carpal tunnel; cubital tunnel; trigger finger; Dupuytren’s contracture and ganglion cyst excision; tendon and nerve laceration repair; tennis elbow and epicondylitis; ligament or tendon injuries and tendonitis; traumatic fractures and dislocations; and arthritis of the elbow, wrist, and hand.
“The arm serves to place the hand in space, and the hand is the tool with which we interact with the world.” A principle of his training mentor, Dr. Smith’s goal is to learn about the unique difficulties experienced by each of his patients and to provide patient-centered care focused on restoring their ability to work or enjoy a favorite hobby. Outside his professional life, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family, taking trips to the Jersey Shore, playing golf, and attending live music events.