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Neurosurgery | Male

Care Philosophy

GNI Exists to render Neurosurgical care to patients of all social conditions, treating complicated problems involving the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. We endeavor to encourage quality care, medical research, innovation, and education on a local, national and international basis.

Biography

Dr. Hugh Smisson specializes in minimally invasive treatment of the spinal cord, including cervical, thoracic and lumbar disease. As such, he has developed techniques and created appliances for his areas of expertise including a spinal fusion device for the cervical spine as well as a minimally invasive spinal fusion device for the lumbar spine both of which are currently used throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Smisson holds over 25 U.S. and international patents for a variety of medical appliances used not only in spinal fusion technology, but also in fluid infusion, body temperature warming, and sternal stabilization. Dr. Smisson has taught his pioneering techniques to many other medical professionals in the United States, Europe and South America. As knowledge of his neurosurgical advancements spreads, he is much in demand as a speaker. A Macon native, Dr. Smisson received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emory University in 1979. Two years later, he entered the Medical College of Georgia where he received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1986. After completing an internship in General Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in 1987, he entered a neurosurgical residence there, which he completed in 1992 before coming back to Macon to start his practice at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. Dr. Smisson was board certified in Neurological Surgery in 1995 and became a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons in 1998. He also served as a surgical Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dr. Smisson has served as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Mercer University as well as a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He is on the alumni board at the Medical College of Georgia and is a Past President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. Board-Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery Fellow: American College of Surgeons Residency: Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA BBA: Emory University, School of Business Administration, Atlanta, GA AA: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA

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    Dr. Smisson's Reviews

    Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smisson to family and friends
    3.9
    based on 27 total surveys (5 with reviews)
    Dr. Smisson's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      VERY GOOD
    • Explains condition(s) well
      VERY GOOD
    • Answers Questions
      VERY GOOD
    • Time well spent
      VERY GOOD
    Office & Staff Performance
    • Scheduling
      EXCELLENT
    • Office environment
      EXCELLENT
    • Staff friendliness
      EXCELLENT
    • Average wait time
      10 to 15 minutes
    Patient Reviews (5)
    in Warner Robins, GA |
    Great doctor GREAT staff....all around GREAT service for my spinal cord stimulator surgery...Staff was so attentive and so helpful answering any and all questions I had...WILL definitely be recommending them.
    Fran - Thank you for the wonderful review. I will let Dr. Smisson know that you took the time to share your experience; I know he will be most appreciative! Jean Peterson, GNI Community Relations Director
    in Lake Mary, Florida |
    Dr Smisson goes beyond the expected norm: he is knowledgeable, caring, informative and personable. If it wasn't for Dr Smisson I would no longer be here, leaving behind four children without a mom. I continue to make the drive from Florida to continue seeing whom I consider to be the exception.....the best!!!
    Elizabeth- Thank you so much for your comments regarding Dr. Smisson's care, treatment , and knowledge. On behalf of Georgia Neurosurgical Institute and Dr. Smisson, I can tell you that stories like yours are the driving motivation for the surgeons here each and every day. I know that your words will mean the world to him, and I cannot wait to share them! Thanks, again! Jean Peterson, GNI Community Relations Director
    in Centerville |
    I can't express how grateful I am for Dr smisson. His diagnosis and caring bedside manner has promised my faith in the medical community again. He cares which is rarely found . Thank you, Sandra Daniel
    in Byron, GA |
    I have been in worse pain scenes the day he cut on me. I'm in worse shape now. I tried to talk to him about it and he pawned me off on someone else.
    in Warner Robins, Georgia |
    Dr. Smisson worked very hard for 5 months to successfully help me get to the point of beginning physical therapy. He never gave up on me and most important he listen to me.
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    Dr. Hugh Smisson specializes in minimally invasive treatment of the spinal cord, including cervical, thoracic and lumbar disease. As such, he has developed techniques and created appliances for his areas of expertise  including a spinal fusion device for the cervical spine as well as a minimally invasive spinal fusion device for the lumbar spine both of which are currently used throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Smisson holds over 25 U.S. and international patents for a variety of medical appliances used not only in spinal fusion technology, but also in fluid infusion, body temperature warming, and sternal stabilization. Dr. Smisson has taught his pioneering techniques to many other medical professionals in the United States, Europe and South America.  As knowledge of  his neurosurgical advancements spreads,  he is much in demand as a speaker.

    A Macon native, Dr. Smisson received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Emory University in 1979. Two years later, he entered the Medical College of Georgia where he received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1986. After completing an internship in General Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in 1987, he entered a neurosurgical residence there, which he completed in 1992 before coming back to Macon to start his practice at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. Dr. Smisson was board certified in Neurological Surgery in 1995 and became a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons in 1998. He also served as a surgical Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

    Dr. Smisson has served as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Mercer University as well as a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He is on the alumni board at the Medical College of Georgia and is a Past President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society.

    Board-Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery Fellow: American College of Surgeons Residency: Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA BBA: Emory University, School of Business Administration, Atlanta, GA AA: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA

    Dr. Smisson's Care Philosophy

    GNI Exists to render Neurosurgical care to patients of all social conditions, treating complicated problems involving the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. We endeavor to encourage quality care, medical research, innovation, and education on a local, national and international basis.

    Dr. Smisson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
    •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    • Neurosurgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Acoustic Neuroma
    • Aneurysm
    • Bone Cancer
    • 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
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Meningiomas
    • Myelopathy
    • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
    • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Pathological Spine Fracture
    • Pituitary Gland Cancer
    • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Scoliosis
    • Secondary Malignancies
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spine Deformities
    • Spine Disorders
    • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Stroke
    • Subdural Hemorrhage
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Thrombosis
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Vascular Disease
    • Vertebral Column Tumors

    Education

    • Medical School
      Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine

      Graduated in 1986

    • Residency Hospital
      Neurosurgery, Medical College Of Georgia, Augusta, Ga

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Specialties

    • Neurosurgery

    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
    • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
    • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
    • Nerve Block, Somatic
    • Neuroplasty
    • Neurostimulation
    • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Nerve Block
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
    • Stereotaxis