C. Daniel Smith, D.O.

C. Daniel Smith, D.O.


Ankle, Elbow, Hip, Joint Replacement, Knee, Orthopedic Trauma, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Wrist

A founding member and managing partner of the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, Dr. C. Daniel Smith is also a founding member of our own St. Joseph Center for Outpatient Surgery and previously served as team physician for Missouri Western State University for nearly 20 years. Dr. Smith stays up to date on the rapid advances of orthopedic medicine to ensure better outcomes for his patients and offers total hip, knee, and shoulder replacement as well as reverse total shoulder replacement and knee and shoulder arthroscopy. Additionally, he believes in the inherent ability of the body to heal and tries to be conservative in his approach to surgery, only pursuing surgery if nonsurgical options have proven unsuccessful.

After graduating from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology, Dr. Smith attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, to earn his medical degree. He went on to complete his internship and orthopedic residency at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After his residency, he chose to undergo additional specialty training through an AO/ASIF traumatology fellowship in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Dr. Smith enjoys working in a specialty involving patients who are driven to regain health and are motivated to return to normal lifestyles after their injuries, and he stays active himself by enjoying long-distance hiking. He also spends his spare time woodworking, boatbuilding, sailing, and skiing. Dr. Smith has numerous published articles in the magazines Fine Woodworking and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors as well as the British magazine Watercraft regarding woodworking and wooden boatbuilding.

Dr. Smith is available to see patients at our office in Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center St. Joseph, Missouri.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
  • Internship: OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Traumatology Fellowship: Ulrich Saxer, M.D., Neuchâtel, Switzerland


  • Board Certification: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Buchanan County Medical Society
  • Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
  • Missouri State Medical Association
  • Missouri State Orthopaedic Association

Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Mosaic Life Care
  • St. Joseph Center for Outpatient Surgery


  • Advanced Robotic Surgery, Orthopedics, ROSA Knee
“Dr. Smith was patient and thorough. He took the time to answer my questions. I never felt rushed. He was straightforward to work with.”
– Andy R.