Ian R. Smithson, M.D.

Specialties

OrthoVirginia Offices

Dr. Ian Smithson specializes in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery. He is fellowship-trained and board-certified and has been recognized with numerous awards for his care. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, hiking, climbing, woodworking, and spending time with his family.

Make an Appointment with Dr. Smithson

for Elbow, General Orthopedics, Hand & Wrist, Shoulder, Trauma Care

using MyChart

Or call
434-485-8598

Education & Training

  • Wake Forest University, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship, 2016
  • University of South Florida, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, 2015
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Medical Degree, 2010
  • Goucher College, Post-Baccalaureate, 2005
  • University of Richmond, Bachelor of Arts, 2000
  • John Tyler Community College

Certifications

  • Board-certified in orthopedic surgery
  • Board-certified in hand surgery

ABOS board certified in orthopedic surgery

Hospital & Team Affiliations

  • Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
  • Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
  • Surgery Center of Lynchburg
  • Team Physician, University of South Florida, 2014-2016
  • Team Physician, Tampa and Hillsborough High Schools, 2010-2015

Organizations & Awards

  • Best Bedside Manner, OurHealth Lynchburg & Southside, First: Surgery: Orthopedic; Second: Surgery: Hand; Honorable Mention: Orthopedics 2020
  • The Gold Humanism Award, Tulane University School of Medicine, 2010
  • Tanner Award, University of Richmond, 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1998
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 1997
  • Who’s Who in America’s Junior Colleges, 1997
  • Eagle Scout, 1994
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Medical Association
  • American Medical Student Association

Patient Testimonials

“Our 2-year-old, Lee, spent quite a bit of time at OrthoVirginia in Lynchburg in 2020. He broke his arm for the first time in June. Dr. Smithson took great care of him and he was out of his cast about 5 weeks later. Our wild boy fell again and re-broke the same arm in October but this time the break required surgery. We were so thankful to have Dr. Smithson take care of Lee again. He was so wonderful with not only Lee but with reassuring me, explaining things in detail, and making sure I understood the plan. It’s not easy to see your toddler go through surgery but the care we received from Dr. Smithson and the entire staff at OrthoVirginia was outstanding. We are so thankful that he is doing so well now. And though we love the staff at OrthoVirginia, we are praying for no more broken bones. ;)” – Emily Y.

Treatments

  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Hand, Wrist and Elbow Arthritis Surgery
  • Hand, Wrist and Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery
  • Open Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

  • Wake Forest University, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship, 2016
  • University of South Florida, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, 2015
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, Medical Degree, 2010
  • Goucher College, Post-Baccalaureate, 2005
  • University of Richmond, Bachelor of Arts, 2000
  • John Tyler Community College

Certifications

  • Board-certified in orthopedic surgery
  • Board-certified in hand surgery

ABOS board certified in orthopedic surgery

  • Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
  • Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
  • Surgery Center of Lynchburg
  • Team Physician, University of South Florida, 2014-2016
  • Team Physician, Tampa and Hillsborough High Schools, 2010-2015

  • Best Bedside Manner, OurHealth Lynchburg & Southside, First: Surgery: Orthopedic; Second: Surgery: Hand; Honorable Mention: Orthopedics 2020
  • The Gold Humanism Award, Tulane University School of Medicine, 2010
  • Tanner Award, University of Richmond, 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1998
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 1997
  • Who’s Who in America’s Junior Colleges, 1997
  • Eagle Scout, 1994
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Medical Association
  • American Medical Student Association

“Our 2-year-old, Lee, spent quite a bit of time at OrthoVirginia in Lynchburg in 2020. He broke his arm for the first time in June. Dr. Smithson took great care of him and he was out of his cast about 5 weeks later. Our wild boy fell again and re-broke the same arm in October but this time the break required surgery. We were so thankful to have Dr. Smithson take care of Lee again. He was so wonderful with not only Lee but with reassuring me, explaining things in detail, and making sure I understood the plan. It’s not easy to see your toddler go through surgery but the care we received from Dr. Smithson and the entire staff at OrthoVirginia was outstanding. We are so thankful that he is doing so well now. And though we love the staff at OrthoVirginia, we are praying for no more broken bones. ;)” – Emily Y.

  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Hand, Wrist and Elbow Arthritis Surgery
  • Hand, Wrist and Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery
  • Open Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement