Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair

Donald Smith, MD

Donald Smith, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine

Contact Info 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa FL 33606

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Academic Phone:(813) 259-0633


  • md, University of Vermont, 1979


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

Recent Publications

  • Murray G, Beckman J, Bach K, Smith DA, Dakwar E, Uribe JS. Complications and neurological deficits following minimally invasive anterior column release for adult spinal deformity: a retrospective study. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society. 24 Suppl 3: 397-404, 2015.
  • Manwaring JC, Bach K, Ahmadian AA, Deukmedjian AR, Smith DA, Uribe JS. Management of sagittal balance in adult spinal deformity with minimally invasive anterolateral lumbar interbody fusion: a preliminary radiographic study. Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine. 20(5) : 515-22, 2014.
  • Ahmadian A, Verma S, Mundis GM, Oskouian RJ, Smith DA, Uribe JS. Minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas interbody fusion for L4-5 spondylolisthesis: clinical outcomes. Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine. 19(3) : 314-20, 2013.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ransohoff J, Smith D. Surgical Treatment of Metastatic Brain Tumors. Cancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center. 2(4) : 315-319, 1995.
  • 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.
  • 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)