Dr. Kris Smith, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 59

Dr. Smith
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Barrow Brain and Spine

2910 N 3rd Ave Phoenix, AZ 85013

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Dr. Kris Smith, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Smith has more experience with Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Headache than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Nevada School of Medicine medical school in 1989. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center. 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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  • Didn't listen or answer questions (4)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (4)
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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.
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Middletown, CT – Nov 23, 2017
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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.
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Catherine in Tempe, AZ – Dec 19, 2016
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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".
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Jocie K in Phoenix, AZ – Dec 08, 2016
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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.
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Julie Nelson in Coolidge, AZ – Mar 31, 2016
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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.
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Henderson Family in Lake Havasu City, Az – Feb 20, 2016
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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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SueV in Hot Springs Village, AR – Feb 17, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

At BNA, we put our patients first.  We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Radiation Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurosurgery

Education

1996
Barrow Neurological Inst
Residency Hospital
1990
Indian Hlth Srvc/Vet Adm Med Ctr
Internship Hospital
1989
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Medical School

Awards

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

Dr. Smith frequently treats Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Headache. See all practice areas where Dr. Smith specializes.

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Dr. Smith's office is located at 2910 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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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 (602) 406-7750.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy specialists diagnose and treat spectrum of brain disorders that cause seizures due to an interruption of normal nerve activity in the brain.Compare with other Epilepsy specialists.

Dr. Smith treats at a

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frequency compared to similar providers

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Seizure Disorders
Epilepsy
Essential Tremor
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High
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Very High
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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 treats at a

high

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Hydrocephalus
Chiari Malformation Type 1
Chiari's Deformity
Reconstruction for Craniosynos
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High
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Very High
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Headache

Headache is a common symptom that can sometimes signal a more serious condition, such as migraine, high blood pressure, or cerebral hemorrhage.Compare with other Headache specialists.

Dr. Smith treats at a

very high

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All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Headache
Migraine
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High
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Very High
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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 treats at a

very high

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Brain Surgery
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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Dr. Smith's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Ataxia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • 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
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Function Testing
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Essential Tremor
  • Functional Hemispherectomy
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Meningitis
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Migraine
  • Minimally Invasive Amydalohippocampectomy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Surgery
  • Nystagmus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinson's Surgery
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radio Surgery
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotactic Biopsy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Subthalamic Stimulator
  • Syncope
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Schwanoma Surgery
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitamin B Deficiency

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(602) 406-7750

Dr. Smith accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Locations

Barrow Brain and Spine

Barrow Brain and Spine2910 N 3rd Ave Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Affiliated Hospitals

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

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St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

20 Awards Received