Brandon S. Smetana, MDphysician

brandon s. smetana, indiana hand to shoulder center

Dr. Brandon S. Smetana is a hand and upper extremity surgeon at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center and has affiliations with both St. Vincent and Indiana University Hospitals. Dr. Smetana specializes in the treatment of all disorders of the upper extremity including shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand pathology in both adults and children. He is trained in arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgical approaches, and microvascular surgery. He has particular interests in peripheral nerve surgery, arthritis surgery, shoulder surgery, trauma surgery, and upper extremity reconstruction utilizing nerve transfers and tendon transfers. Dr. Smetana adopts a personal approach to each patient, taking time to understand their unique circumstances, in order to develop a collaborative treatment plan that addresses their individual goals.

Dr. Smetana grew up in San Francisco, CA where he attended the French American International School, passing the French Baccalaureate examination with a Science Major and a Specialization in Mathematics Magna Cum Laude honors. He then earned a BA degree in Biology with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he was a Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean’s Scholar.

Dr. Smetana received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, graduating in the top 5% of his graduating class. He was a junior class inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society and received numerous accolades including multiple named academic scholarships as well as the Mellinger Medical Student Research Scholarship.

Dr. Smetana then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, where he was elected the Administrative Senior and Chief Resident. Following residency, he completed his fellowship training in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, one of the most prestigious fellowships in the country. While in fellowship, he was the recipient of the Best Research Paper and Presentation Award at the The Mary S. Stern, Christine M. Kleinert, and Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center Tri-State Annual Meeting.

Dr. Smetana is actively engaged in the education of the next generation of hand and upper extremity surgeons, focusing on mentorship at all levels of training including medical students, residents, and fellows, both locally throughout the state of Indiana and nationwide. In addition to publishing clinical and basic science research papers, Dr. Smetana has also contributed chapters for multiple textbooks. He is a reviewer for the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is a frequent presenter at national meetings and has recently traveled to Nicaragua as part of a pediatric hand surgery outreach project. Dr. Smetana is an active candidate member in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association for Hand Surgery, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Smetana has also been recognized by the American Orhtopaedic Association as an Emerging Leader.

In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Smetana enjoys playing soccer, hiking the National Parks, watching Big Ten sports, and continuing to train as a classical pianist.

Dr. Smetana sees patients at the following locations: Indianapolis-Northside, Kokomo, and Indianapolis – Downtown.

Dr. Smetana can see patients at the following locations

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Publications – Peer Reviewed
1. Smetana BS, Jernigan EW, Rummings Jr. WA, Weinhold PS, Draeger RW, Patterson JM. Submuscular versus Subcutaneous Ulnar Nerve Transposition: A Cadaveric Study Evaluating their Utility in Primary Ulnar Nerve Repair at the Elbow. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2017 Jul:42(7):571.e1–571.e7. PMID: 28434831

2. Jernigan EW, Smetana BS, Patterson JM. Pediatric Scaphoid Proximal Pole Nonunion With Avascular Necrosis. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2017 Apr;42(4):299.e1-299.e4. PMID:28027846

3. Smetana BS, Zhou X, Hurwitz S, Kamath GV, Patterson JM. Effects of Hand Fellowship Training on Rates of Endoscopic and Open Carpal Tunnel Release. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2016 (4): e53-e58. PMID: 26832310

4. Gallo RA, Silvis ML, Smetana BS, Stuck D, Lynch SA, Mosher TJ, Black KP Asymptomatic Hip/Groin Pathology Identified on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Professional Hockey Players: Outcomes and Playing Status at 4 Years’ Follow-Up. Arthroscopy. 2014 (10): 1222-1228. PMID: 24996873

5. Silvis ML, Mosher TJ, Smetana BS, Chinchilli VM, Flemming DJ, Walker EA, Black KP. High Prevalence of Pelvic and Hip MRI Findings in Asymptomatic Collegiate and Professional Hockey Players. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011 39: 715-721. PMID: 21233405

Publications – Book Chapters
1. Smetana BS, Draeger RW. Dorsal Fracture Dislocations: Biomechanics and Management Principles. PIP Joint Fracture Dislocations: A Clinical Casebook. Julie E. Adams. 2016

2. Smetana BS, Patterson JM. Nerve Transfers for the Reconstruction of Hand function after Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report. 50 Studies Every Plastic Surgeon Should Know. Hultman CS. 2014

Presentations
1. Smetana BS, Cao J, Merrell GA, Greenberg JA. Testing of Primary Neurorhaphy Strain: Evaluating 8.0 Nylon as the Gold Standard. American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting. Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Jan 2018. Podium Presentation

2. Smetana BS, Cao J, Merrell GA, Greenberg JA. Testing of Primary Neurorhaphy Strain: Evaluating 8.0 Nylon as the Gold Standard. Tri State Annual Research Symposium. Cincinnati, OH. May 2017. Indiana University Department of Orthopaedics Garceau-Wray Annual Research Symposium. June 2017. Podium Presentations.

3. Jernigan EW, Smetana BS, Rummings WA, Dineen HA, Patterson JM, Draeger RW. Does surgical glove wear increase carpal tunnel pressures? A cadaveric study. North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA) Annual Meeting, Pinehurst, NC. October 2016. Podium presentation.

4. Jernigan EW, Patterson JM, Rummings WA, Smetana BS, Bynum Jr. DK, Draeger RW. How to Cut a Nerve: Morphological Implications of Instruments Utilized in the Preparation of Lacerated Nerve Endings for Primary Repair. North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA) Annual Meeting, Pinehurst, NC. October 2016. Podium presentation.

5. Jernigan EW, Smetana BS, Rummings WA, Dineen HA, Patterson JM, Draeger RW. Does surgical glove wear increase carpal tunnel pressures? A cadaveric study. American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. September 2016. Poster Presentation.

6. Jernigan EW, Patterson JM, Rummings WA, Smetana BS, Bynum Jr. DK, Draeger RW. How to Cut a Nerve: Morphological Implications of Instruments Utilized in the Preparation of Lacerated Nerve Endings for Primary Repair. American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting 34th Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents & Fellows Conference, Austin, Tx. September 2016. Poster Presentation.

7. Smetana BS, Jernigan EW, Rummings WA, Weinhold PS, Draeger RW, Patterson JM. Submuscular versus Subcutaneous Ulnar Nerve Transposition: A Cadaveric Study Evaluating their Utility in Primary Ulnar Nerve Repair at the Elbow. American Academy of Hand Surgeons (AAHS) Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ. January 2016. Poster Presentation.

8. Smetana BS, Zhou X, Hurwitz S, Kamath GV, Patterson JM. Effects of Hand Fellowship Training on Rates of Endoscopic and Open Carpal Tunnel Release. American Academy of Hand Surgeons (AAHS) Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ. January 2016. Poster Presentation

9. Smetana BS, Zhou X, Hurwitz S, Kamath GV, Patterson JM. Effects of Hand Fellowship Training on Rates of Endoscopic and Open Carpal Tunnel Release. North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (NCOA) Annual Meeting, Kiwah Island, SC. October 2015. Podium Presentation.

10. Silvis ML, Mosher TJ, Smetana BS, Black KP. High Prevalence of Pelvic and Hip MRI Findings in Asymptomatic Collegiate and Professional Hockey Players Is Not Predictive of Short Term Disability. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) 20th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, May 2011. Poster Presentation.

11. Silvis ML, Mosher TJ, Smetana BS, Black KP. High Prevalence of Pelvic and Hip MRI Findings in Asymptomatic Collegiate and Professional Hockey Players. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Specialty Day at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2010. Podium Presentations.

American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Candidate Member 2016 – Present
American Association for Hand Surgery, Candidate Member 2016 – Present
American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program, Member 2016 – Present
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Candidate Member 2011 – Present