Matthew Smith-Raska, M.D., Ph.D.
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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Matthew Smith-Raska, M.D., Ph.D.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Not Accepting New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

It is a great privilege to care for the newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, and work with families as they navigate the stressful and often unexpected experience of having a baby in the NICU. I find it very rewarding to contribute to the care of vulnerable newborns, and watch them grow into thriving children. I have a special research interest in studying mechanisms of inheritance and how traits are passed down along generations independent of DNA sequence.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Newborn Medicine


Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children's Hospital at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is board certified in Pediatrics.

He completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology.  Dr. Smith-Raska earned his medical degree (M.D.) from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he also received a Ph.D. for his research in immunology and stem cell biology. Dr. Smith-Raska went on to complete his pediatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was on the physician scientist track. After completion of residency, Dr. Smith-Raska was recruited for fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he served as Chief Fellow in his final year.

Dr. Smith-Raska’s academic interests are in mechanisms of inheritance that are independent of DNA sequence (“epigenetic inheritance”), and he is performing research on genomic imprinting as a Friedman Family Scholar.  



Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

2018, Friedman Family Scholar

2017, Chief Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

2015, Alice Litman Ross Award in Recognition of Outstanding Clinical Care, Scholarship, and Professionalism During Residency, UCLA Department of Pediatrics 

2001, Robinson Award for Academic Excellence, Cornell University


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Pediatrician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Friedman Family Foundation Clinical Scholar in Newborn Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2012
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2010
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2003


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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No External Relationships Reported