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 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

Zachary A. Smith, MD

Neurological Surgery

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Office Phone: 312-695-8143
Office Hours:
  • Monday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clinical Interests

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Complex Spine Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Cervical Disc Disease, Cervical Spine Disorders, Degenerative Spine Condition, Herniated Disc, Reconstructive Spine Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Infections, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, General Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive Techniques

Education and Training

Medical Education:

University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine 2004


Univ. of California-Los Angeles Medical Center 2010


Northwestern Mcgaw / Northwestern Memorial Hospital 2012

Locations and Directions

675 N. St. Clair
Galter 20-250
Chicago, IL 60611 312-695-8143


Dr. Zachary A. Smith is an attending neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Smith graduated as a Presidential Scholar from Dartmouth College and then completed both his medical school and neurosurgical training at UCLA at the Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He did further training in minimally invasive spine surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital (USC). He then completed an advanced deformity and minimally invasive fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was recognized for this with both the CNS Spine Fellowship award and the AANS/CNS Spine Section Apfelbaum Award.

Dr. Smith treats all surgical diseases of the brain and spine. However, he has a specific interest in both minimally invasive spinal techniques for adult degenerative spinal disease, spinal tumors, trauma, and spinal column deformity.   He has a developed interest in developing new minimally invasive techniques for advanced spinal disease. This includes both surgical treatments in the operating room as well as stereotactic radio-surgery and radiotherapy

He has published 40 peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters, primarily on minimally invasive techniques in the spine. He has published in multiples journals including Nature, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurology and the Journal of NeuroOncology and has served as an editor for supplements focused Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.  His research interests focus on the study of spinal biomechanics and motion segments in the spine.


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