Dr. Christopher Smythies, MD

Dr. Christopher Smythies, MD

Neurosurgery | Male | 59 years old

Christopher Smythies, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Having worked extensively in Auburn, Covington, Renton and Tacoma for 20 years, 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.Read more

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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.Read more

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Christopher Smythies, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Having worked extensively in Auburn, Covington, Renton and Tacoma for 20 years, Dr....Read more

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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 ZERO concern, bedside manner, patience, nor communication skills. I voiced my bewilderment to his staff, so he just chose not to do a follow-up appt on his ordered MRI - I NOW HAVE NEURO EMERGENCY!
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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • 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
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

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Education

  • Medical School
    University of Birmingham

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    Baptist Health System

    Completed in 1984

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Alabama At Birmingham

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    Vanderbilt University

    Graduated in 1978

Awards & Recognition

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • Malpractice claims in Washington not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Smythies says...

Christopher Smythies, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Having worked extensively in Auburn, Covington, Renton and Tacoma for 20 years, 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.

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Dr. Smythies' Care Philosophy

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.