Meet Jeff

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I am a practicing orthopaedic trauma surgeon, husband, father, friend, and colleague. I am also a blogger, podcaster, educator, and coach who assists other surgeons develop critical skills that improve well-being, prevent burnout, and build thriving surgical careers.

My PASSION is for Performance Improvement and my mission is to make a major positive impact on other people’s lives! My signature methodology, The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons, helps me accomplish everything I do. 

By learning and applying the 8 PRACTICEs methodology, clients have a blueprint to:

  • Manage Stress and Frustrations

  • Improve Health and Wellness

  • Find Greater Quality / Quantity Time with Family and Friends

  • Make More Time to Pursue Outside Interests

  • Achieve Greater Financial Success

  • Improve Attitude and Emotional Intelligence

You can learn more about my coaching and consulting services below. If you’re interested in a complimentary call, reach out by emailing me here.

I am also a frequent speaker at academic conferences and institutional meetings, regular author of association news articles and guest blogs, advocate for surgeon wellness, and much more. You can always learn more below, or feel free to send me an email to enquire about my availability.

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Call me at: (858) 300-2299

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"About a year ago, I was becoming more self-aware that I was becoming burned out with my practice. Jeff made me become more aware of my negative thought patterns, and as a result I could change those into positive patterns."


"Since I started listening to (and working with) Jeff, I’ve been happier and more productive in my practice and personal life than ever before. I highly recommend Jeff to any physician who thinks they may be suffering from burnout."


Consulting Services

The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons

Private Consulting

Individualized or custom guidance to implement the 8 PRACTICEs into your daily routine so you can start enjoying a more successful career and well-rounded practice right away.  As time is one of our most limited resources, most consulting is done via telephone.

As your Surgeon Consultant, I will analyze your current practice, educate you on The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons, implement an action plan, observe your progress and adjust, and unleash you to long term maintenance of a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle-friendly surgical practice.

Typical packages include two scheduled one-hour meetings (or four half-hour) meetings per month, one  10-minute urgent checkin call per month, and unlimited email/texting communication.

Available options:

  • One-on-one or Group consulting                             

    • 3-Month Package                                 

    • 6-Month Package                                   

    • Custom Packages                                                              

Group consulting often includes one additional scheduled one-hour meeting every two months to address group dynamics.

Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Assessment

Attitude assessment tool using Energy Leadership created by Bruce D. Schneider. The Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. The E.L.I. forms the initial launching point for the Energy Leadership Development System, helping give you a baseline for your current performance and situation.

Onsite Practice Evaluation

Private Consulting most often involves telephone meetings only which reduces overall costs.  However, many practices want the advantages that can be gained from an Onsite Practice Evaluation.  In addition to written questionnaires  and assessments (including 360's) that can be done remotely, the Onsite Practice Evaluation allows for in-person interviews, direct observation of the operating room, clinic, and ward functions.

Initial action plans are implemented after draft reviews with the key individuals and the group as a whole.  The primary keys to success are the surgeons driving any changes and my ongoing relationship with the client(s) after the onsite evaluation to monitor implementation for necessary adjustments in the action plans.  

Pricing is determined by hours or days of consulting, travel and industry standard expenses.


“I have been experiencing burnout in a rapidly progressive manner. Last year, it reached a point to where I not only was terminated from my job, but also left me with adverse effects on credentialing while trying to move forward.

At my wit’s end, I reached out to Jeff. He was incredibly prompt in his reply to set some time aside for me.

If needed, I would have no reservation reaching out to Dr. Smith in the future. I will recommend him to friends and colleagues who are facing similar issues in career burnout.”

Anonymous, General Surgery, California

Educational Programs

Engage your audience in the awareness of The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons.  Modify the topic according to your needs, such as patient satisfaction, performance improvement, and so on.

Single Lectures

"Taking Knowledge from Conference to Practice: Barriers to Change"

"Surgeon Wellness: How Do We Care for Ourselves"

"The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons"

"Learning, Understanding, and Implementing PRACTICES of Highly Successful Surgeons"

"What Does Rhythm Have to Do With Surgery: Performance Improvement Through Rhythm"

"Surgeon Performance Improvement: Abhyasa"

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: I Love and Hate Being a Surgeon"

"The Jeff Smith Diet - Cut It Out" (A presentation on removing "Bad" habits.)

Half-Day Programs

Full-Day Programs


ExIT vs. TIxE Crash Course 

4 Week Course (Live or Teleconference formats)

If you are implementing or considering an exit plan from medicine or your formerly enjoyable practice (either voluntarily or by force), this focused course is for you.  During this 4-week program take the emergency measures to repair your burned-out state so you have a choice to continue repairing towards a fulfilling surgical practice or to exit the field with grace.  We address the Energy extreme failure (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and lack of success in your measure of career achievement). We analyze your loss of Inspiration and Time management weaknesses.  You evaluate your options including whether to: 

complete the ExIT with new inspiration and time management skills,


implement the reverse Exit strategy ( = TIxE Plan) 

where you and I drastically re-prioritize your Time and Inspiration within your surgical practice.  In order to do this, you will address Time management according to YOUR values and priorities, resurrecting the Inspiration and passion that got you into Surgery in the first place, and addressing the critically needed extreme focus on your Energy and wellness that includes managing stress, health and emotional intelligence that is necessary to get you out of burnout.