Dr. Roger Smith, MD

Dr. Roger Smith, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
76 y/o

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Dr. Roger Smith, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing for 50 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Hwy

New Orleans, LA 70121
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Lifecare
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Network
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Louisiana
  • Employers Health Network
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Galaxy Health Network

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 91% of peers
Brain Surgery
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more than 91% of peers
Brain Aneurysm
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more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Smith's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Roger D. Smith, M.D. graduated from Stanford University and the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He did a surgical internship at Los Angeles County Hospital before serving in Viet Nam with the Marine Corps. After finishing his military obligation, he had a one year surgery residency at Tulane University and a five year neurosurgery residency at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. During and after residency, he spent two years in Zurich and London studying cerebrovascular diseases and microneurosurgery. He was a fulltime member of the LSU Department of Neurosurgery for 14 years and was in private practice and part time with the medical school for 8 years before joining Ochsner in 2001. He is currently Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Tulane and Chairman of the combined Tulane-Ochsner Department of Neurosurgery and neurosurgical training program. He has served as President of the Louisiana Neurosurgical Society, the Orleans Parish Medical Society, and more recently as President of the Louisiana State Medical Society. His clinical interests are primarily in cranial and functional neurosurgery. He treats cerebrovascular diseases such as aneurysms and vascular malformations, brain tumors both benign and malignant, pituitary tumors, and works with the Movement Disorders Center at Ochsner performing Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders. He is experienced in managing trigeminal neuralgia and other pain syndromes. He remains deeply involved in medical education and residency training and in health care system reform."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Dr. Smith earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Stanford, California, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He completed a year of surgery at Tulane University and a neurosurgical residency at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He also completed fellowships at the University of Zurich and the National Hospital in Queen Square, London. Dr. Smith was in full-time academic medicine and in private practice before joining Ochsner in 2001. He is an active medical educator and holds a clinical associate professorship at LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is also active in a variety of professional memberships and medical organizations. He has held positions such as President of the Louisiana Neurosurgical Society (1995-1996) and President-Elect of the Orleans Parish Medical Society (2002-2003). Dr. Smith specializes in surgery of the brain and spine."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • 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
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • 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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18  Procedures

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Stanford, Ab Biology
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1963
  • University of Southern California School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1968
  • University Of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Zurich, Switzerland
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • American Heart Association Incorporated - Louisiana, 1983
  • International College of Surgeons, 1979
  • Top Doctor For Neurological Surgery in New Orleans, 2010
  • Summa Cum Laude Award for Scientific Merit,
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Roger Smith, MD
Dr.Smith is a caring and wonderful surgeon , he always takes time to listen and answer any questions or address any concerns. Ofcourse he gets paid but he doesn't seem to mind taking any amount of time to help his patients and their families understand what is happening. He is knowledgeable and...Read More
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Terry Hamilton in Lucedale, MS – Sep 14, 2018
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He is the most compassionate doctor I have ever met. He will not rush you. He listens to his patients. When you leave his office you are well inform of your condition and plan of care. He goes above and beyond for his patient. He takes your concerns seriously and does not disregards them. He truly...Read More
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