Dr. Kris Smith, MD

Dr. Kris Smith, MD

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Neurosurgery  |  
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56 y/o
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Dr. Kris Smith, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Phoenix, AZ. He is 56 years old and has been practicing for 28 years.

Barrow Brain and Spine

2910 N 3rd Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Accepted insurance

  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • Arizona Medical Network
  • Arizona PHCS
  • AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Compassionate Care Network (CCN)
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Indian Health Service
  • Maricopa Foundation For Medical Care
  • Mercy Care
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Hydrocephalus
very high
more than 99% of peers
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
very high
more than 99% of peers
Brain Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "At BNA, we put our patients first.  We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options for the treatment of our patient's neurological conditions.  As a patient of BNA, your health and well-being are important to us.  The neurosurgeons, physiatrists, hospital staff, neurological institute, and other members of our multidisciplinary team work together with one goal in mind - helping you get well. "
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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy
  • Radiation Oncology
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Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
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Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelopathy
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Nystagmus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

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Procedures

  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Functional Hemispherectomy
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Amydalohippocampectomy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Surgery
  • Parkinson's Surgery
  • Radio Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Biopsy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Subthalamic Stimulator
  • Vestibular Schwanoma Surgery

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Background Check

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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.

Education

  • University Of Nevada School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smith has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Smith is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smith to family and friends
4.0
based on 20 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Smith's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Middletown, CT |
I called to the office of Dr. Kris Smith to schedule appointment. They told me that I should fax them referral, insurance and MRI. I did it. Nobody called me after that. When I called back week later, they said "you need to provide the films". Which been surprise for me, because receptionist didn’t told me about it on initial call. Two weeks wasted. Please respect your patient’s time, please fix your process. Please tell the patient what they need to provide to get the appointment.
in Tempe, AZ |
I trust Dr. Smith implicitly. He allowed me to be able to smile again on both sides of my face. I am not in excruciating pain from that. I will forever be indebted to him and his talent, skill and wisdom, but mostly his humble manor. Impressive man who will some day be a legend.
in Phoenix, AZ |
I am a 12 year brain tumor survivor because of Kris Smith. He is brilliant, experienced, and the kindest and most gentle human being I have ever met. I am not only his patient, but I am an RN with 16 years of ICU experience, living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. It is valuable to find out what the OR nurses say about a surgeon. They say he is calm, meticulous, focussed, and has the stamina for these long and complex cases. They also call him a "friend". I say , "I am grateful".
in Coolidge, AZ |
Friendly and caring. Explained the surgery risks and went over all of my tests with me. Attentive and always professional. Post surgery met with my family and explained everything from the surgery. Highly Recommend.
in Lake Havasu City, Az |
Caring, kind, compassionate and meticulous. We had an excellent outcome with Dr. Smith. His staff was also incredibly helpful. We also had a rare situation: my mom was admitted into the hospital with a rare spinal infection at the exact same time that my husband was recovering from surgery. Although Dr. Smith was not my mom's doctor, he and his entire team sought out my mom's room and met with her and took the time to review her case to reassure us that she had the best team working on her.
in Hot Springs Village, AR |
Saved our sister's life. Brilliant surgeon. Would highly recommend! I am an RN with over 40 years in healthcare and what he did for her was extraordinary. FYI: this is the person that Mayo Clinic refers to when they have difficult or inoperable cases.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Smith accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
    American Indian Health Plan
  • Arizona Medical Network
  • Arizona PHCS
  • AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC)
    AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC) EPO
    AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC) PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna Healthcare of Arizona
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna POS
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
  • Compassionate Care Network (CCN)
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Indian Health Service
  • Maricopa Foundation For Medical Care
  • Mercy Care
    AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
    AHCCCS without Prior Authorization
  • MultiPlan
    RAN/AMN
  • PHCS
    PHCS PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    PacifiCare HMO
    PacifiCare POS
    PacifiCare PPO
    United Healthcare

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