Dr. Lisa Smith, MD

General Surgery •  Female • Age 53
Dr. Smith
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University Surgical Associates

979 E 3rd St # C-300 Chattanooga, TN 37403

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Dr. Lisa Smith, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Chattanooga, TN. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Erlanger Medical Center. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Smith to book an appointment.

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Went to Dr. Smith after being referred to her concerning circulation issues. Waited 2+ hours in the waiting room before getting called back only to wait another hour. When she finally came in it was with an unwelcoming presence. Laughing about our wait and saying she needs to be at a 1'clock surgery, so she hopes this won't be too long. I understand importance of surgeries but my appointment was supposed to have taken place 3 hours earlier, so it was from the start stated basically she needed to be somewhere so my appointment was to be fast. And this is exactly how the appointment was. She never asked my story of being there, just symptoms and took that small small piece of info and compared it to other patients, saying it's not a big deal and if it's not causing me disturbance then forget it. This being after I told her I experienced pain. She disregarded our concerns and I felt I was being talked to as lesser than her, making me feel stupid for thinking there was anything wrong.
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Jan 31, 2020
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Our fourth month old had a dermatoid cyst. Dr. Smith was nothing short of amazing. She explained it well and took time out to converse with our family. We felt special. We called her during her on call hours and she took even more time out for us. In a time where people are always saying racial things, I can truly say that she doesn’t care about race. She just wants to care about the patient. Thank you Dr. Smith!
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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  • Long wait times
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Alex in Harrison, TN – Aug 02, 2018
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We took our son in for a procedure this morning and were looking to Dr.Smith to take the time to answer our questions. This, however, did not happen. Dr. Smith seemed annoyed by our questions and all but dismissed and minimized our concerns. After the procedure was completed, very little care instruction was provided.She then accused us of not feeding our child due to him being "skinny."This was highly offensive and ignorant considering he is a growth restricted twin and gaining above 1oz daily.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Apr 06, 2018
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She performed a surgery on daughter neck, she told us the surgery was successful but a week later the symptoms returned and got worse so we took her back for a second surgery were she didnt even show up. Another doctor had to perform the surgery to reduce the swelling in her neck caused by a cyst. The nurse set us up with a check up a few days later after surgery with her office were she walked in and no exaggeration she walked in a ripped the bandage right off my baby starting crying in pain.
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Efrain in Dalton, GA – Dec 07, 2017
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Dr. Smith, board certified through the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), is a pediatric...Read more


  • General Surgery

Board Certifications


Miami's Chldrn Hosp
Fellowship Hospital
U of Tenn
Residency Hospital
Grlarger Med Ctr
Internship Hospital


  • English
  • Spanish


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No malpractice claims found for Tennessee
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Smith's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Abdominal Disorders

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Dr. Smith treats Abdominal Disorders more than 84% of her peers

Dr. Smith treats this condition more than 84% of her peers

Umbilical Hernia

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Dr. Smith treats Umbilical Hernia more than 77% of her peers

Dr. Smith treats this condition more than 77% of her peers

Gastrointestinal Diseases

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Dr. Smith treats Gastrointestinal Diseases more than 76% of her peers

Dr. Smith treats this condition more than 76% of her peers

Dr. Smith's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anorectal Myomectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colectomy
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystotomy
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Destruction or Excision of Vaginal Lesions
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Empyema
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Testicular Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Fracture
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrotomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hidradenitis
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphangioma
  • Mastectomy
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Orchiectomy
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thrombosis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vaginal Surgery
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair


University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates979 E 3rd St # C-300 Chattanooga, TN 37403
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University Surgical Associates

University Surgical Associates1751 Gunbarrel Rd Ste G11 Chattanooga, TN 37421

Affiliated Hospitals

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CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Erlanger Medical Center

Chattanooga, TN

68% Patient experience rating, 1% lower than the national average

Parkridge Medical Center

Chattanooga, TN

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average