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Gabriel Smith, MD

Gabriel Smith, MD



111 Ratings 34 Reviews


Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery-Spine

Accepting New Patients

Primary Location

UH Neurological Institute
29101 Health Campus Dr
Westlake, OH 44145

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  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

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

Languages Spoken


Office Locations

UH Neurological Institute

29101 Health Campus Dr
Westlake OH, 44145

7255 OldOak Blvd Bld C Ste 305

7255 Old Oak Blvd
Middleburg Heights OH, 44130

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

111 Ratings

Patient Comments (34)

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
dr smith was a pleasure to see...very through in explaining my issues

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
excellent care

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Very knowledgeable and thorough. Explained all options of care with recommendations. Will definitely recommend others to Dr Smith!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Very good experience. The staff was very good helpful. The Doctor was helpful. I feel very good about the treatment his is planning for me. If looking forward to getting started.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Great Doctor and Staff

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Smith is one of the BEST providers I have seen in a long time. He spends enough time with you and he is very thorough. He even checked up on me after he sent me to the ER. I will definitely recommend him to anyone!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Smith is very thorough, considerate and understanding.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Great experience Dr. Smith took his time to explain everything throughly and made me feel confident in pursuing surgery to treat my chronic pain issues.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Smith is one of the best doctors I have ever seen! He is truly amazing and really cares and listens to you.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Smith and his staff was a pleasant experience

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Smith did an incredible job on improving my quality of life. from barely being able to walk because of the pain, to no doing 2-3 mile on a treadmill without stopping and no pain. He was able to turn the clock back for me 10 years. Thank You!!

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
a very good dr.proffesional friendly. courtious. Informative. Helpfull.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
I am extremely pleased with the care I am receiving from Dr. Smith.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
The doctor was very informative & included my thoughts & ideas in creating a plan of care going forward.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Doctor and Staff was good at making my appointment. If needed they provided information pertaining to any doctors name and Phone number..

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
great care

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Dr Smith was very personable and knowledgeable. He provided the answer to what is causing my severe back pain.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Dr. Smith and staff are very friendly, efficient, and professional. *** always goes above and beyond and shows she truly cares.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr. Smith was a referral from another doctor. He was very helpful, professional and answered questions I have had for more than a year. He set up a program of treatment for me and I felt much better after I left his office.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
dr smith n office staff very good! professional and friendly! i thank dr smith for improving my quality of life

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Very good experience with Dr. Smith and his office staff

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Has always been good would recommend care provider to my family.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. Smith is an awesome doctor and extremely thorough with his explanations and options.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
The best neurological surgeon for my spinal issues I've had out of all four of whom I've seen. I would and have now recommended Dr. Gabriel Smith to friends and relatives for their spinal issues.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
very happy with Dr. Smith. i will trust him if surgery is needed in the future. he was very confident in my condition and treatment needs. listened to me and didn't rush me. very compassionate.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Care provider was kind and very informative.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Gabriel Smith is one of the smartest, kindest, most professional, and most talented physicians I've ever been to.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Smith and *** were great!!!

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
great professional services and felt all questions were answered.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
dr Smith is excellent. ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
The doctor explained my condition so that I understood what was being discussed.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr Grabiel Smith is simply excellent. I should have consulted with him sooner. He provided me with excellent advice and an unusually excellent medicine prescription! Among the best of the medical professionals I have met with.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
seems to be a very good doctor and person

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr Smith was the best neurosurgeon from an office visit perspective I have ever met.

Board Certifications

  • 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.