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Texas Medical Center

Orthopedic Surgery
Phone: 832-822-3100


Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street, 8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Brian G. Smith, MD, FAAP, FAOA - Chief

Chief, Orthopedics

Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Boston Children’s Hospital Fellowship Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery 1992
Georgetown University School of Medicine Residency Orthopaedic Surgery 1987
Georgetown University School of Medicine Internship General Surgery 1983
Georgetown University School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1982


Dr. Smith became the Chief of the Division of Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at Texas Children’s Hospital in February of 2018. Prior to coming to TCH and the Baylor College of Medicine, he graduated magna cum laude from Williams College. He received both his M.D. and Orthopaedic residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Following 4 years in the United Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He then worked for 15 years at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. For the last 11 years, he has been the Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics and professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital where he was also Resident Director.  

Dr. Smith's philosophy of care is based on a careful assessment and determination of the patient’s and family’s needs and wishes in order to provide the best possible care and achieve the optimal outcome for the patient and their family. The principles guiding his provision of care include honesty, communication, integrity and compassion, and he very much appreciates delivering care through the TCH team model.

Clinical Interests:

Scoliosis and spinal deformity; Neuromuscular disorders including Cerebral Palsy, Muscle diseases, Spinal Muscular Atrophy; Fractures in children

Research Interests:

Assessment of skeletal maturity markers in Children, Use of Checklists in spinal surgery, Bracing and surgical intervention outcomes in Scoliosis

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Organization Name Role
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors (2014-2017); Chair of Board of Specialty Societies (2016-2017)
American Academy of Pediatrics Orthopaedic Section, Executive Board (2009-2015)
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society Board of Directors (2006-2018); President (2009-2011)
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Board of Directors (2011-2014); IPOS Advisory, QSVI Spine, and Mentorship Committees - Current
Scoliosis Research Society: Chair Ethics Committee (2014-2015); Communications and Bracing and Non-Operative Committee - Current

Selected Publications

Patient and Family Comments

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