UH Neurological Institute (18 mi.)
29101 Health Campus Dr
Westlake, OH 44145
UH Cleveland Medical Center (0 mi.)
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
Biography: Gabriel Smith, MD
- Director, Spine Institute, University Hospitals
- Division Chief, Neurological Surgery, UH St John Medical Center
- Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
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)
Temple University School Of Medicine (2011)
University Of Oregon (2007)
AboutView Dr. Smith’s Health Talks
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.
Patient Experience Reviews
Dr Gabriel Smith took the time to go over my test results and medical history, and then defined a plan of action to address the areas of concern. I feel confident in Dr. Smiths approach and management to my spinal conditions.
Felt completely comfortable
Great physician and team.
Dr. Smith gave a complete explanation of my problem, and clearly explained the next steps required.
Felt very comfortable Dr Smith is very knowledgeable about my health
He was very good to show me what was going on and what surgery will do to help me with my pain
Just the wait was the issue
I was treated with respect and compassion for the illness that I have my spine
Overall it was a great experience dealing with the provider and nurses.
Doctor was compassionate, concerned and provided thorough information and answers to questions. He was very responsive to my issue and understanding about level of pain. He was clear about best outcome possible and did not sugar-coat anything.
All was a 10
I am very confident of having doctor Gerald Smith do my surgery I'm happy he's going to be doing it for me think about had him do to begin with I wouldn't have all the problems I have now
Everyone was kind and compassionate.
Excellant and caring Doctor
Dr. Smith made me feel very reassured that I was in good hands with not only him but his entire surgical team. He explained what he was going to do and how the recovery would be. I feel very confident knowing that he has been recommended by several doctors that I have seen.
On *** was for surgery. Everyone including Dr. Smith was great and so helpful.
The very best I was happy with Dr. Smith very professional I was lucky to have him.
This appointment was for a surgical procedure. I was very pleased with the whole surgical team.
Dr. Gabriel Smith is a wonderful dr./neurosurgeon. He is highly recommended because of the knowledge and quality of care
Dr Smith is always very helpful and explains everything to us.
Dr. Smith is very patient. He explains things clearly and allows plenty of time to ask questions. I recommend him highly.
This was my first visit with Dr Gabriel Smith and I also met with nurses *** and *** and I was very impressed with their knowledge in regards to my spine issues and greatly appreciated the time they took with me to explain their recommendations for my course of action
Dr Smith was very honest and treated me as though my surgery will be the only thing on his plate the day of.
Very Professional and Pleasant to talk with.
Good doctor and staff.
This was the first time I saw Dr Gabriel Smith. So far, I feel he was informative, and showed compassion for me in my situation. ***
This was a surgery consult. I feel confident with this provider performing my surgery.
Always a good experience.
Dr. Smith preformed back surgery. He has a very good bed side manor. He explained everything he was going to do on my back. He was very good at communicating with me and my husband.
Very pleased with Dr. Smith and his Team
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.
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