Dr. Adam Smith, MD

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine SurgeryMaleAge 43

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

Dr. Adam Smith, MD is a Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery Specialist in Littleton, CO and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Rush Medical College Of Rush University in 2005. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Porter Adventist Hospital and Rose Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Adam Smith, MD

Neurosurgery One - Littleton (Formerly South Denver Neurosurgery)

7780 S Broadway Ste 350 Littleton, CO 80122
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Dr Smith did a lumbar fusion on me 5 years ago, and he is fantasic. For the past 5 years, I started in a body cast, lived in a facility, received massive physical therapy, as he fixed a number of problems in my back, which was in very sorry shape. Since that time, I can brag that I can now walk, without any dme aid, and after about 3 years, I am now living in a beautiful apartment, independantly. I can swim, I can play my violin, and viola, cook all my favorite foods, go to services, participate in Symphony forums, It was a struggle, but I got there, through Faith of the Heart, and Dr. Adam P Smith!
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Kathleen Malouf Katsman – May 20, 2021
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I am writing this to share my experience with Dr Smith as it was not so good at first but ended up fantastic. I saw Dr Smith 8 years ago for a Colloid Cyst in my brain that was blocking my third ventricle so my brain fluid could not drain out properly. During my first appointment, Dr Smith was late, abrupt and seemingly an arrogant jerk. I decided to not let him touch me. Two weeks later, he called me and spent two hours on the phone in the evening, after hours with me explaining my options and advising me on the best course of action. I decided to move forward with the procedure and I am so glad I did! This man drilled straight through the right side of my brain, expertly removed the cyst and I have been strong, healthy and pain free ever since! Say what you will about his bedside manner but when push comes to shove, I would much rather have the expertise than the touchy, feely persona.
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  • Long wait times
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Cheryl from Colorado Springs – Mar 03, 2021
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My brother's surgery went well with Dr. Smith. He spoke with the entire family and we were pleased with the surgery outcome and his explanations.
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  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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chris – Dec 12, 2020
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I’ve been managing back pain for more 20 years and this experience was one of the worst. The initial exam was not particularly useful and focused on imaging rather than listening to what I was experiencing. Most distressing, however, came when I tried to get the imaging Dr Smith requested. It was denied for reasons that the doctor failed to provide sufficient medical reasoning. To resolve this, all that was needed was a peer to peer, which the doctor apparently refuses to do. In 20 years I’ve never experienced such a willful approach to leaving patients in the lurch while managing chronic and acute pain. The imaging is meant to inform my recovery plan but it sat in limbo for lack of follow up. I know every practice and doctor is different, but this was more than just poor bedside manner. This was a failure to show concern for the patient as well as a failure to follow up. I did appreciate how Gina and Michelle tried to help but it was still an upsetting and unhelpful experience.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Krystal – Oct 23, 2020
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During the appt Dr. Smith said a specific MRI was needed to determine if I was a surgical candidate (radiographically I have a Chiari Malformation but if spinal fluid flow isn’t impeded, surgery won’t help). We talked a bit about the test & when I said I wasn’t really sure I was ready to have someone operating on my brain but I wanted a definitive answer if the malformation was indeed causing my symptoms, he basically shut the appt down & said if I wasn’t willing to have the surgery then there was no point in doing the study. I said many times that I wanted to know what was causing my symptoms so wouldn’t it be worth it to do the study so I would know if I needed to look into other causes? He was dismissive and said, well I’ve looked at your MRI, you don’t have MS and it would probably just cause you more anxiety knowing for sure so if you’re not willing to have the surgery there is no point in doing the study. (I don’t have anxiety) Bottom line: he was a jerk, don’t waste your time
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Oct 05, 2020
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Excellent experience while in a precarious situation. I've had excruciating back pain for years and I just finally need to fix it. Saw another surgeon who recommended a fusion. Thank goodness my friend recommended Dr. Smith. Turns out I just need a decompression and this can be performed minimally invasively. Excellent staff and Dr. Smith has an excellent demeanor. Straight forward and honest. I couldn't ask for more.
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Ray – Sep 13, 2020
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I've seen multiple surgeons about my back problem and Dr. Smith seems to be the only one truly offering minimally invasive. I'm excited to finally start feeling better. His bedside manner is excellent and he made me feel comfortable about my decision.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Roberta – Jul 01, 2020
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I've seen Dr. Smith for years after my brain procedure. He's been nothing but professional and my surgery went great. No recurrence! Seen some negative reviews and I couldn't disagree more about his caring for me as his patient or his skill set. I went to him because my friend was one of his OR nurses who couldn't rave enough about his skill set. He's lived up to that reputation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Bob – Jun 24, 2020
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Perhaps doctor Smith demeanor it's not grade A however I would much more desire a back surgeon who puts all of his energy into the surgery. I had a lumbar Fusion and for two years I was bedridden however physical therapy has enabled. me to walk. My recent back surgeon review second opinion was that the back it's fine. I hope I get a chance to speak with Doctor Smith. Please don't look for warm fuzzys with Doctor Smith as he has been well trained at Rush University. Much rather, appreciate the fine work he does with the spine. Thank you very much for allowing me to review. My correct email is: Kathleenkatsman@gmail.com
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  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Kathleen Malouf Katsman – Jun 08, 2020
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THIS DR. IS ALL ABOUT HIMSELF, THE PATIENT IS SECONDARY. HE'S ARROGANT, RUDE, AND IRRESPONSIBLE. MY BACK STILL ISNT RIGHT AFTER GOING UNDER THE KNIFE WITH SMITH LAST SUMMER. HE'S ALSO A LIAR, & TOLD ME MY CT SCAN OF HIS FINISHED WORK, WAS ALL GOOD. I DIDN'T FEEL RIGHT ABOUT WHAT HE TOLD ME, SO GOT ANOTHER OPINION. I WAS RIGHT, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT WENT WRONG WITH HIS SURGERY, AND I'M GOING TO BE DEALING WITH THIS PROBLEM FOR SOME TIME TO COME. ALL BECAUSE OF THE ARROGANT, IMMATURE, INEPT GUY WHO CALLS HIMSELF A DOCTOR! RUN, DONT WALK OUT OF HIS OFFICE!
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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CJ – Mar 31, 2020
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Dr. Adam Smith fused my neck a few years ago, leaving me with an ugly scar down the back of my neck and a visible protruding bump between my shoulders. The surgery plus having to wear an Aspen Collar for 4 months 24/7, forced my head forward in a fused position, which throws me off balance. I can no longer stand straight. My only hope is to find another surgeon who can undo this mess. Not good.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 15, 2020
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Dr Smith and his staff were excellent I so thankful for such an awesome experience...
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jamie Barcelon in Pueblo , CO – Nov 14, 2018
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Dr Smith fixed my back exactly the way he said he would. Minimal invasive surgery with minimal pain afterward. I am completely satisfied and would not hesitate to use him again should the need arise.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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J Ehlers – Jul 19, 2018
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I now have had two surgeries by Dr. Smith, and couldn't be happier. I highly recommend him and his staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Scott Collins in PonchaSprings – Jun 19, 2018
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I had a consult and surgery with Dr Smith due to disc problems in my back. I would recommend anyone who asks me to Dr Smith due to my overall experience with him. VERY fast and very helpful with everything. I was in EXTREME pain and within a few days, I was up and about.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Parker – Jun 13, 2018
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Dr. Adam Smith is the most arrogant doctor I have ever encountered and his staff is incompetent. His staff made two errors with the only two things they had to do, so I called his answering service. He was extremely rude,unprofessional and answers questions with a "probably" response. I cancelled my surgery three days before I was supposed to get it because I was not comfortable with him. His response was to try and cancel a stress test my cardiologist had ordered for me. Run, do not walk away.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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William Ennis in CO – Jun 05, 2018
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I'm not one to leave reviews, however I was very impressed with the office staff and Dr. Smith. I've seen a few surgeons and by far Dr. Smith seems most honest and knowledgeable. I'm not sure if I will need surgery or not, but I went into my appointment with Dr. Smith with many questions and left with everything answered. He spoke to me like a person and not just another potential surgery. Very pleased. His staff is friendly and funny.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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brittany in Denver, CO – Dec 16, 2017
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Dr. Smith did an excellent job on my lumbar spine, which was inflicted with severe stenosis, of three types, in six different places. The stenosis was so extensive it necessitated the the fusion of four vertebrae; I got home from the hospital yesterday and I can already feel the return of strength in my legs, which, my physical therapist had told, me were at 20 percent of their normal strength. The pain I was having is already gone. I look forward to a complete recovery in the weeks ahead.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michael Kane in Lakewood – Oct 26, 2017
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Dr. Smith was extremely knowledgeable about Chiari, and ordered additional testing on my teenage daughter. The new tests showed she isn't a candidate for surgery at this time, so he encouraged her to be a teenager, live her life and have fun. If her symptoms get worse, we will re-evaluate. I appreciate that he didn't dismiss her since she's not a candidate for surgery yet, or push to have surgery before it's necessary.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Littleton, CO – Apr 25, 2017
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Sought a surgeon offering minimally invasive surgery. I was impressed at the friendliness of his staff and ease in scheduling surgery. I'm a few months out and couldn't be happier with the results. Small incisions and I'm pain free. I have no reservations in recommending Dr. Smith to anyone.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Denver, CO – Mar 23, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

My mission is to provide comprehensive, patient-focused care of disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves through integrity, skill, and compassion.

Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Brain Aneurysms
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Tumor Pathology
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Board Certifications

Education

Rush University Medical Center Program
Fellowship Hospital
2011
Rush University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2006
Rush University Medic
Internship Hospital
2005
Rush Medical College Of Rush University
Medical School
2001
University of Illinois
Undergraduate School
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Dr. Smith frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Herniated Disc. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Smith treats.

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Dr. Smith's office is located at 7780 S Broadway Ste 350, Littleton, CO 80122. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Smith's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Stroke Management
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Back Disorders
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Contusion
  • Cranial Diseases
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Tumor
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Malignant Tumor
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shunts
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Spine Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Locations

Neurosurgery One - Littleton (Formerly South Denver Neurosurgery)

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