The University of Kansas Health System

Dr. David Smith

I first became interested in sports medicine when I was 12. I was an avid runner, but my doctor told me to stop running when I began experiencing knee pain. Rather than give up the sport I loved, I became vigilant about injuries and proper training techniques. After completing my undergraduate studies at Kansas State University, I attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I completed my family medicine residency at Michigan State University and a sports medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

My clinical practice is focused on sports medicine, concussion in athletes and wellness/preventive medicine. I serve on The University of Kansas Hospital Concussion Leadership Team, and am currently a team physician for the Kansas City Royals. My experience over my career includes working with athletes at all levels, including professional, collegiate, elite amateur, Olympic and recreational. I am committed to treating all patients as if they were my own family, striving to assist them in achieving optimal health.

Sports Medicine & Performance Center – Indian Creek 10730 Nall AveSte 200Overland Park, KS 66211(Map)
The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex at Arrowhead One Arrowhead DrCenter for Sports MedicineKansas City, MO 64129(Map)
  • Sports Medicine (Medical and Non-Operative Orthopedic)
  • Concussion in Athletes
  • Family Medicine
  • Wellness/Preventive Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Graded Exercise Stress Testing
  • Impact Concussion Testing
  • Knee Injections
  • Viscosupplement Injections
  • Joint Aspiration and Injection
  • Shoulder Injections
  • Office Spirometry
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy-PRP
  • Sports Injuries
  • Back Pain in Sports
  • Oral Nutritional Supplements
  • Tendinopathy
  • Attention Deficit Disorder in Athletes
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Depression in Athletes
  • Shin Splints
  • Dermatology problems in Athletes
  • Fatigue in Athletes
  • Eating Disorders in Athletes
  • Eye Care in Athletes
  • Fitness and Exercise Counseling
  • Medical and Non-Operative Orthopedic problems related to Sports and Exercise
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Basic Fracture Care
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Men's Health Problems
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems in Athletes
  • Buttock Pain
  • Joint Problems
  • Arm Pain Due to Sports
  • Pain During Sports
  • Stress Fracture
  • Concussion in Athletes
  • Asthma in Athletes
  • Mononucleosis in Athletes
  • Anxiety in Athletes
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Performance Decline in Athletes
  • Environmental Exposures in Athletes
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Weight Management/Obesity
  • Heat Illness/Disorders in Athletes
  • Knee Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders and Diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Wellness/Preventive Medicine
Board CertificationFamily Medicine
Sub CertificationSports Medicine
  • Medical SchoolUniversity of Kansas
  • ResidencyMichigan State University
  • FellowshipCleveland Clinic Foundation

Staff Spotlight: David Smith, MD

Some dubious medical advice David Smith, MD, received as a child may well have launched his career into sports medicine.

Dr. Smith was a runner at age 12 when he began experiencing knee pain. To his dismay, his pediatrician's advice was to stop running.

"They made me stop running," he said. "That was a killer to me. The doctor’s way of taking care of my knee pain prevented me from doing what I loved." Read more.

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