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Gabriel Smith, MD

Gabriel Smith, MD



148 Ratings 31 Reviews


Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery-Spine

Accepting New Patients


  • Director, Spine Institute, University Hospitals
  • Division Chief, Neurological Surgery, UH St John Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
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Gabriel Smith, MD is a fellowship trained, board certified neurosurgeon at University Hospitals and an assistant professor of neurological surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. An expert in the care of adult spinal disorders, Dr. Smith’s special clinical interests include decompression of the spinal cord and nerves and spinal reconstruction surgeries. He also works for the National Football League as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant, leading efforts to diagnose and manage concussions.

As the current medical director of the University Hospitals Spine Institute, Dr. Smith sees patients of all ages with neurosurgical disorders and performs a high volume of neck and back surgeries, including revision and complex spinal surgical approaches. In his role as director, he leads a collaborative multidisciplinary team that strives to provide high quality spine medical and surgical care for patients undergoing spinal operations throughout the University Hospitals health system. Dr. Smith also has a passion for enhancing the overall surgical experience for each patient.

After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, graduating with honors with a major in neurobiology, Dr. Smith then attended medical school at the Temple University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Smith completed residency training in neurological surgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He then went on to complete advanced fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Smith has published over 50 scientific papers and book chapters on topics such as spinal reconstruction procedures, patient satisfaction, and improving the quality of care in spinal surgery. His medical team includes, Ryan Milks, PA-C, who provides exceptional care to patients in need of both medical and surgical evaluations. Ryan is a graduate of Toledo University and has a prolific background in spinal biomechanics and engineering.

In his free time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family and his wife, who is also a practicing physician in Cleveland, Ohio.


  • Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Adult Spinal Deformity
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Fusion
  • Cervical Laminectomy
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar Decompression
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Motion Preservation
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurosurgery
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Radiosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylolisthesis

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Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

148 Ratings

Patient Comments (31)

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Very pleased with Dr. Smith and his Team

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Dr. Smith came highly recommended from another out of state Neurosurgeon and he was right, he is great and knowledgeable. I feel comfortable moving forward with my surgery.

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Very good

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Very caring and considerate Dr.

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Very good

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
I am very satisfied with the care Dr. Smith has provided me. I have recommended him to numerous friends.

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
This was my first appointment with Dr. Smith. I really haven't had time to to form an opinion. He was friendly, competent, allowed me to ask questions and explained his expectations would be for surgery. Additional testing is being done.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr. Smith and his staff were more than willing to answer my questions about my surgery and recovery. My back surgery went better than I thought it would, and I am on the road to a more normal life because of Dr. Smith.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr Smith and his staff have be great,prebop & post op, helping me and answering all questions.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Very Good!

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr. Smith and *** along with the staff are amazing!!!

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
I'm happy with my surgery. I feel better the ever in the last 10 years. Thank You, Dr. Smith.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Knowledgeable, professional, articulate.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
He helped me understand the condition that I'm dealing with and solution. I'm very happy with the doctor.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr Smith is straightforward and honest. I need to focus on his plan for my care. I will call him after I have stopped smoking.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Very good experience. I have confidence in Dr. Smith to perform my surgery.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
This was the first visit to this office and I must say that the staff as well as the provider have all left a very good impression. It is very important to me that I feel comfortable In my surroundings as well as respected, and treated as an individual. This group of professionals are providing an excellent atmosphere for the patients.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
*** Dr smith was very patient with my questions.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Very good experience. Back pain is under control.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Dr and staff are amazing take excellent care of me. 2 surgeries now and have no fear with this team. Makes me feel completely safe.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
I'm very happy with him. I think he is the best!

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr. Smith was kind, attentive, and explained his evaluation of my back thoroughly. He provided options on next steps. I am very glad I saw Dr. Smith. As a first-time patient of Dr. Smith's, I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking care on challenging spine medical conditions.

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr Gabriel Smith very knowledgeable and professional

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Very good he's the best in my eyes

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Very, Very Good

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
Pre surgery appointment. Questions answered thoroughly.

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
He seemed rushed, due to delay in appointments.

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
It's was all good

Reviewed On 5/1/2022
MD was excellent! Office personnel was cold and unfriendly.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


Residency | Neurological Surgery-Chief Resident
Neurological Surgery-Chief Resident - Uh Cleveland Medical Center (2017 - 2018)

Fellowship | Complex Spine Surgery
Complex Spine Surgery - Cleveland Clinic (2016 - 2017)

Residency | Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery - Uh Cleveland Medical Center (2011 - 2016)

Medical Education
Temple University School Of Medicine (2011)

University Of Oregon (2007)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Gabriel Smith did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.