Dr. Harold Smith, MD

Dr. Harold Smith, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 60

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(504) 266-0058

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Dr. Harold Smith, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Smith has more experience with Nervous System Neoplasms, Cranial Neurosurgery, and Neurocritical Care Disorders than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University Of Arkansas College Of Medicine medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with medical facilities Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Smith to book an appointment.

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Ochsner Health Center - O'Neal

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Neurosurgery10310 The Grove Blvd Baton Rouge, LA 70836
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Neurosurgery16777 Medical Center Dr Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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Dr. Smith's Reviews

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  • Explained conditions well (27)
  • Appointment scheduling (26)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (26)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (1)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (1)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (1)
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I cannot say enough kind words about Dr Smith and his staff. I never imagined the diagnosis that his PA found through MRI that had been overlooked for years by other providers. He was so comfortable to talk to from the moment we met him. He is a true hero in my book and I appreciate him more than I could ever express! I definitely had angels on my side that led me to his office. I highly recommend him and his amazing PA Mariana to anyone in need of their services. They are ER Nurse approved ??
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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I saw Dr. Smith in 2007. A friend recommended him. He removed a tumor from my brain. The surgery was done on Friday afternoon and I was home Sunday afternoon. He’s brilliant. He continued my care for 9 years, checking to make sure the tumor had not grown back. The last visit I had with him, he was going over the mri and discovered a mass in my throat. He called me before I arrived home, I had already left his office, and sent me to see an ent immediately. You won’t find a better surgeon. We will miss him in Texas.
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My son suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Dr Harold Smith was on call. The hospitalist call Harold Smith... Dr HAROLD SMITH SAID IT WAS NOT HIS PROBLEM AND REFUSED TO COME. I could not believe we were sitting there in COVENANT MICU, my son was bleeding into his brain and DR HAROLD SMITH REFUSED THE CALL. I ask them to call again or anyone. They did. His PA/NP stated they would not accept the consult, and refused again to come. Well I guess it wasn't HIS SON. HE WAS THE DR ON CALL. HIS LACK OF CARE WAS ABHORRENT. HE NEVER CAME. THIS HAPPENED AT 5AM He stalled until he was off call at 7 AM. My son could have died much less the brain damage increasing by not recieving care immediately.
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DMD – May 18, 2020
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Dr. Smith is an excellent doctor. Hate to see him leave but sincerely wish him well. He has taken great care of my husband. He is sincere, upfront and very knowledgeable. You will be missed doc.!
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Trevino – Apr 18, 2020
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Dr. Smith saved my daughter's life from complications of lupus. At first he may seem a little "rough" but he is not......he is a very brilliant and compassionate person.
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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Kelli Hager – Jul 02, 2018
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Dr. Smith and his team are amazing. Professional, experienced, and down right good people to be around. I can not believe I am already home and comfortable after my surgery on Monday. He cared and comforted my wife and son after the procedure and put them at ease. You will not find a better doctor and I highly recommend Dr Smith!!!
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Tim Green in Lubbock, TX – Aug 26, 2017
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I really would reconsider choosing this doctor again. The average wait in his waiting room for a scheduled apt is more than 3 hours. (There's a Rosa's next door). The guy is a pod in terms of bedside manner and other human-based interaction skills. He does not believe in effective pain management (after brain surgery!) and my chronic pain specialist had to come in and persuade Smith to give me anything more than ibuprofen. If I were to have go through this again, I would definitely go elsewhere.
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Dr. Smith was very confident and understanding to my first and scary tumor. I like that he acknowledged everyone that was in the room with me. I knew he was the right doc from his hand shake. Not only from Dr. Smith but the nurses he worked with. The offices was very comfortable and felt like everyone worked as a team. I couldn't ask for anyone better and very thankful to him and staff to achieving excellent health.
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Natalie Wray in Lubbock, TX – Mar 08, 2016
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Smith

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Smith treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Smith treats other conditions, please contact the office at (225) 761-5200.

Nervous System Neoplasms

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.Compare with other Nervous System Neoplasms specialists.

Dr. Smith is experienced in the area of Nervous System Neoplasms. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Smith
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Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Meningiomas
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Brain Cancer
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures that involve opening or passing through the skull to treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.Compare with other Cranial Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Smith is experienced in the area of Cranial Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Smith
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Brain Surgery
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Neurocritical Care Disorders

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care Disorders specialists.

Dr. Smith is experienced in the area of Neurocritical Care Disorders. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

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Hydrocephalus
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Subdural Hemorrhage
Brain Aneurysm
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Pediatric neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures to treat diseases and conditions of the brain and spinal cord in children and teenagers under age 18.Compare with other Pediatric Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Smith is experienced in the area of Pediatric Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

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Hydrocephalus
Chiari's Deformity
Chiari Malformation Type 1
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High
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Very High
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Dr. Smith's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Microneurovascular Surgery
  • Myeloma
  • Myelopathy
  • Nasoalveolar Molding
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peritoneal Cancer
  • PET-CT Scan
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Surgical Nutrition
  • Surgical Orthodontics
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Torticollis
  • Transphenoidal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

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Dr. Smith accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
FirstCare Health Plans
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Molina
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Smith strives to provide compassionate and comprehensive evidence based neurosurgical care to his patients, incorporating the latest technical advancments...Read more

Biography

Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the the University of Arkansas in 1984, and received his M.D. degree from the University of...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Movement Disorders Surgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Oncology
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Board Certifications

Education

1994
University Of Mississippi Med Center
Residency Hospital
1989
Univ Of Miss
Internship Hospital
1988
University Of Arkansas College Of Medicine
Medical School
1984
University of Arkansas
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Harold Smith, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (504) 266-0058, and for other questions, call (225) 761-5200.

Does Dr. Harold Smith, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Smith has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Harold Smith, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Harold Smith, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Smith's profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Harold Smith, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Harold Smith, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Smith frequently treats Nervous System Neoplasms, Cranial Neurosurgery, and Neurocritical Care Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Smith specializes.

Where is Dr. Harold Smith, MD's office located?

Dr. Smith's office is located at 10310 The Grove Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70836. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Harold Smith, MD speak?

Dr. Smith speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Smith is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Ochsner Medical Center

New Orleans, LA

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average