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Gabriel Smith, MD

Gabriel Smith, MD



94 Ratings 26 Reviews


Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery-Spine

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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 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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Office Locations

UH Neurological Institute

29101 Health Campus Dr
Westlake OH, 44145

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7255 OldOak Blvd Bld C Ste 305

7255 Old Oak Blvd
Middleburg Heights OH, 44130

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Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

94 Ratings

Patient Comments (26)

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.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Smith explained my condition and options for continuing care. He is a competent and compassionate doctor.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
I m so fortunate to have had a skillful and talented surgeon when in the ER

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Had a very good experience with Dr Smith.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr. Smith took the time to explain my issue and my options for care. He listened to my concerns about possible surgery and was very honest about risks involved, which I appreciated. He outlined a plan for testing and care that would help us determine the best course of action.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr. Smith, was very compassionate and understanding. He took the time to explain things to me, and listen to what i had to say. I would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
I feel very confident with Dr. Smith as a provider. ***

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
over all he was a good Doctor

Reviewed On 6/1/2020
very nice doctor

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Very thorough, knowledgeable and easy to talk to

Reviewed On 3/23/2020
Very polite and thorough. Extremely nice and excellent bedside manner. A friend of mine who is a nurse at the hospital highly recommended him and I'm extremely happy I took his advice. ***

Reviewed On 3/19/2020
I couldn't speak highly enough for Dr.Gabriel Smith and his staff. From the time I walk through the door until I depart I'm greeted with professionalism, friendliness and efficiency. Dr.Smith always takes the time needed needed no matter how busy he is. The part I admire most is if he feels I don't need something he doesn't hesitate to tell me so and why. This hasn't always been my experience in the past. He was clear about what he could improve and what he could not. When all was said and done my condition was right where he predicted. I'm very grateful. I would send my own wife and children to see him.

Reviewed On 3/7/2020
very satisfied. Well organized and well communicated services. ***

Reviewed On 3/3/2020
The entire staff, from sign in/greeting to the physician are very pleasant and competent at this office. The surgery that was performed was excellent.

Reviewed On 2/28/2020
This office collectively has been one of the most proactive, thoughtful, caring doctor's team that I've worked with. They have gone above and beyond anything I could have imagined to help me get the help I needed. I truly appreciate them for all they've done for me and my family.

Reviewed On 2/11/2020
I was completely impressed with the professionalism and care I received from the staff and physician. I had arrived in serious pain, and the staff made sure I was comfortable. The physician and physician's assistant took time to listen, then describe a plan for me. I left them feeling relieved and confident I was in good care. I would highly recommend Dr. Smith.

Reviewed On 2/7/2020
Dr. Smith was very attentive to my health care issues.


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.