Dr. David Oliver-Smith, MD
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Dr. David Oliver-Smith, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Allegheny General Hsptl Nrsgy 420 E North Ave Ste 302E Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Get Directions


Dr. David Oliver-Smith, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Pittsburgh, PA. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 32 years. Dr. Oliver-Smith is affiliated with Somerset Hospital, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Allegheny General Hospital.

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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (6)
Sewickley, PA |
I waited in the waiting room to see Dr. Oliver-Smith for 45 minutes past my appointment time to have him only spend maybe 5-7 minutes with me in the exam room. He looked at my MRI from 1year ago and determined I did not need any surgery but to consider pain management. The radiologist who read the MRI saw impingement of the exiting left L3 nerve root. Can that be causing my pain? Maybe a new MRI would help to see? I guess no surgery meant no money from me so I was out the door in 5 minutes.
in Pittsburgh, PA |
arrogant and not very smart. 7 months later had a laminectomy by a real doctor and have no pain at all. Stay away from this man He has a one track mind. Fusion if not I cant help you.
Mars, PA |
No follow up - handed over to some office staff who doesn't know personal history and writes my concerns off to age related - old.
pittsburgh, pa |
Excellent bedside manner. Never rushes through appointment
in Coraopolis, PA |
Saw this doctor for removal of lipoma/scar tissue growth in my back. Would not believe my pain symptoms or recommendations from my PCP in regards to my situation. Stated the lump is nothing more than a muscle adhesion. Advised to seek alternative pain management techniques and would have those providers contact me - and he never did.
in Pittsburgh, PA |
Dr. Olover Smith put no value into my pain or my concerns after two failed micro-d surgeries, same level, L5-S1. He was very quick and felt as though I was wasting his time. There was an error of critical thinking as my disc clearly was re-herniated a third time as per radiologist at AGH. Had second Opinion with Dr. at Shady side and disc is re-herniated as per surgeon and radiologist and a fusion is needed.
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Dr. Oliver-Smith's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • 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
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    Boston University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1985

  • Internship Hospital
    Boston University School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1986

  • Residency Hospital
    University Pittsburgh Med Center

    Completed in 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • 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)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities