Donald Smith, MD

Associate Professor, College Of Medicine Neurosurgery

College Of Medicine Neurosurgery

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, University of South Florida

Contact Info 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL 33606

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Academic Phone: (813) 259-0633


  • md, University Of Vermont, 1979


  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery (member, 2009 - Present)
  • ANS/CNS Joint Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery (member, 1987 - Present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (member, 1987 - Present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (member, 1987 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Baaj, AA.Beckman, J.Smith, DA. O-Arm-based image guidance in minimally invasive spine surgery: technical note. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 115(3) : 342-5, 2013.
  • Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Le, TV.Smith, DA.Ramos, E.Smith, WD.Uribe, JS. Complications of the mini-open anterolateral approach to the thoracolumbar spine. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 19(9) : 1265-7, 2012.
  • Deukmedjian, AR.Dakwar, E.Ahmadian, A.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Early outcomes of minimally invasive anterior longitudinal ligament release for correction of sagittal imbalance in patients with adult spinal deformity. TheScientificWorldJournal. 2012: 789698, 2012.
  • Deukmedjian, AR.Le, TV.Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Anterior longitudinal ligament release using the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach: a cadaveric feasibility study and report of 4 clinical cases. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 17(6) : 530-9, 2012.
  • Uribe, JS.Smith, DA.Dakwar, E.Baaj, AA.Mundis, GM.Turner, AW.Cornwall, GB.Akbarnia, BA. Lordosis restoration after anterior longitudinal ligament release and placement of lateral hyperlordotic interbody cages during the minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach: a radiographic study in cadavers. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 17(5) : 476-85, 2012.
  • Le, TV.Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Burkett, CJ.Murray, G.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Subsidence of polyetheretherketone intervertebral cages in minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas lumbar interbody fusion. Spine. 37(14) : 1268-73, 2012.
  • Le, TV.Smith, DA.Greenberg, MS.Dakwar, E.Baaj, AA.Uribe, JS. Complications of lateral plating in the minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 16(3) : 302-7, 2012.
  • Baaj, AA.Smith, DA.Vale, FL.Uribe, JS. Surgical approaches to thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 19(3) : 349-51, 2012.
  • Dakwar, E.Cardona, RF.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Early outcomes and safety of the minimally invasive, lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach for adult degenerative scoliosis. Neurosurgical focus. 28(3) : E8, 2010.
  • Weinstein, JS.Liu, KC.Delashaw, JB.Burchiel, KJ.van Loveren, HR.Vale, FL.Agazzi, S.Greenberg, MS.Smith, DA.Tew, J. The safety and effectiveness of a dural sealant system for use with nonautologous duraplasty materials. Journal of neurosurgery. 112(2) : 428-33, 2010.
  • Zesiewicz, TA.Sullivan, KL.Hoffmann, M.Benes, LM.Smith, DA.Ward, CL.Hauser, RA. Delayed thalamic intracranial hemorrhage in an essential tremor patient following deep brain stimulation. European neurology. 59(3-4) : 187-9, 2008.
  • Pahwa, R.Lyons, KE.Wilkinson, SB.Simpson, RK.Ondo, WG.Tarsy, D.Norregaard, T.Hubble, JP.Smith, DA.Hauser, RA.Jankovic, J. Long-term evaluation of deep brain stimulation of the thalamus. Journal of neurosurgery. 104(4) : 506-12, 2006.
  • Ransohoff, J.Smith, DA. Neurosurgery 2000. Surgical neurology. 55(1) : 68-70, 2001.
  • Makoui, AS.Smith, DA.Evans, AJ.Cahill, DW. Early aneurysm recurrence after technically satisfactory Guglielmi detachable coil therapy: is early surveillance needed? Case report. Journal of neurosurgery. 92(2) : 355-8, 2000.
  • Koller, W.Pahwa, R.Busenbark, K.Hubble, J.Wilkinson, S.Lang, A.Tuite, P.Sime, E.Lazano, A.Hauser, R.Malapira, T.Smith, D.Tarsy, D.Miyawaki, E.Norregaard, T.Kormos, T.Olanow, CW. High-frequency unilateral thalamic stimulation in the treatment of essential and parkinsonian tremor. Annals of neurology. 42(3) : 292-9, 1997.
  • Kordower, JH.Freeman, TB.Snow, BJ.Vingerhoets, FJ.Mufson, EJ.Sanberg, PR.Hauser, RA.Smith, DA.Nauert, GM.Perl, DP. Neuropathological evidence of graft survival and striatal reinnervation after the transplantation of fetal mesencephalic tissue in a patient with Parkinson's disease. The New England journal of medicine. 332(17) : 1118-24, 1995.
  • Ransohoff, J.Smith, D. Surgical Treatment of Metastatic Brain Tumors. Cancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center. 2(4) : 315-319, 1995.
  • Freeman, TB.Olanow, CW.Hauser, RA.Nauert, GM.Smith, DA.Borlongan, CV.Sanberg, PR.Holt, DA.Kordower, JH.Vingerhoets, FJ. Bilateral fetal nigral transplantation into the postcommissural putamen in Parkinson's disease. Annals of neurology. 38(3) : 379-88, 1995.
  • Smith, DA.Clarke, LP.Fiedler, JA.Murtagh, FR.Bonaroti, EA.Sengstock, GJ.Arendash, GW. Use of a clinical MR scanner for imaging the rat brain. Brain research bulletin. 31(1-2) : 115-20, 1993.
  • Carol, M.Smith, D.Love, L.Schumann, B.Cahill, D. Experience with the Pelorus stereotactic system. Applied neurophysiology. 50(1-6) : 133-5, 1987.
  • Schmidek, HH.Smith, DA.Sofferman, RA.Gomes, FB. Transoral unilateral facetectomy in the management of unilateral anterior rotatory atlantoaxial fracture/dislocation: a case report. Neurosurgery. 18(5) : 645-52, 1986.
  • Schmidek, HH.Smith, DA.Kristiansen, TK. Sacral fractures. Neurosurgery. 15(5) : 735-46, 1984.

Positions Held

  • Assistant Professor (Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of South Florida 1987 - 2001)


  • Dr John M Thompson Golden Apple Resident Teaching Award (USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair - 2013)
  • Recipient (Best Doctors in America - 2012)