Dr. Christopher Smythies, MD

Dr. Christopher Smythies, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
61 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Christopher Smythies, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 30 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington

915 6th Ave Ste 200

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Top Care Areas

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more than 77% of peers
Herniated Disc
more than 44% of peers
Bone Disorders
more than 44% of peers

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Dr. Smythies' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smythies "Christopher Smythies, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Having spent his career serving patients in Auburn, Covington, Renton and Tacoma. Dr. Smythies is well-known and respected in the community. He is well connected to the resources of the MultiCare Neuroscience Center, including neuro-oncology services, CyberKnife and targeted radiation therapy for brain and spinal cord tumors, neurological rehabilitation services and a comprehensive referral network for all pediatric and adult neurologic specialties. Part of MultiCare Connected Care Clinically Integrated Network."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smythies "I am a board-certified neurosurgeon who puts patients first and treats them the way I would want to be treated myself. I completed a rigorous training program twenty-five years ago, and since then I have gathered extensive experience treating a wide variety of neurological diseases. I take a conservative approach to problems whenever possible and resort to the surgical option only when there is no better alternative.

The services Dr. Smythies provides include:

  • Brain surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

49  Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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16  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Vanderbilt University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1978
  • University of Birmingham
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Baptist Health System
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • University of Alabama At Birmingham
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smythies has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smythies' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smythies to family and friends
7 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

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Dr. Smythies' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Long awaited appt, only to receive a SUPER ODD encounter. Dr Smythies entered room in a horribly short mood to spend 5 minutes w/me. My being very concerned, scared and emotional about my condition (spine brain electric jolts to head and eyes upon certain movements) and this man showed absolutely...more
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