Dr. Hugh Smisson, MD

Dr. Hugh Smisson, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 60
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Dr. Hugh Smisson, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Macon, GA. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Read his story

840 Pine St Ste 880

Macon, GA 31201

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Smisson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smisson "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smisson "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."


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • 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
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Emory University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smisson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smisson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smisson to family and friends
based on 28 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Smisson's 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 (6)
in Warner Robins Georgia |
I like Dr Smisson,for these reasons ( 1) Great Bedside Manner ( 2) Listen to his patients (3)Caring (4) Takes time with you Would definitely recommend Him Dr Smisson to family & friends the staff in Macon Office/ very Efficient for a Large Office,LPN'S /Tech, so sweet they see a LOT Of People I think they need a Raise W..R..Office is very small & it has an issue in the front Office The lady may need help rest Of Staff is Superb,Ms Tammy is a sweetheart Would definitely recommend Good Doctor???
Thank you for the wonderful (and thorough) review of Dr. Smisson and his staff, Jeanie! I will share your kind words with him and Tammy. Jean Peterson, GNI Community Relations Director
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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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
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    Medicare Advantage PFFS
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthSmart
    HealthSmart POS
    HealthSmart PPO
  • Humana
    Humana POS
    Humana PPO
    Medicare Advantage
    Medicare PPO
  • Medicaid
    Managed Care
  • National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    Medicare Supplement PPO
    United Behavioral Health
    United Healthcare POS
    United Healthcare PPO
  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Smisson has admitting privileges

Medical Center Navicent Health
777 Hemlock St
Macon, GA 31201
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