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Michael D. Smith, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Spine Surgery Fellowship Area of Focus in Cervical Spine Care

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Spine & Neck Care

Michael D. Smith, MD

Practice Overview

Michael D. Smith, MD, focuses solely on cervical spine diseases and injuries, specializing in cervical spine reconstruction, spine arthroplasty, and spine fracture management. Having completed an intensive fellowship in cervical spine surgery, he brings twenty years of expertise to his patients’ care. He has performed more than 2000 cervical spine surgeries during that time. Dr. Smith is well known for his gentle and compassionate approach with his patients.

Clinical Interest

Spine & Neck Care, including Cervical


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship in Spine Surgery at Case Western University, Cleveland, OH

University of Michigan

Medical Degree
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Ridgeview Medical Center
University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Catholic Medical Association
Cervical Spine Research Society
Flying Physicians Association
North American Spine Society
Scoliosis Research Society


Anne Anderson, RNFA

Anne Anderson, RNFA
Registered Nurse First Assistant

Patient Testimonials

August 8, 2020

Christopher H.

I’m 6 weeks down the path after my neck fusion surgery and couldn’t be happier, healthier and pain free. This is a game changer! I’m shocked that after just 6 weeks I feel this good and better, and I just got full clearance for lifting and activities. Dr. Smith had a wonderful bedside manner and based on my experience is an extremely skilled surgeon. A huge shout out to his nurse Anne. I can’t emphasize enough how good she is and how much it shows! Within a week of seeing Dr. Smith I was in surgery, all due to Anne and her ability to get my insurance squared away, the facility locked in and my testing scheduled. This was amazing considering the COVID impacts. They’re the best duo I’ve encountered. Thank you both for your skills and diligence. I feel fantastic!!!

June 8, 2020

Ann P.

Thank you Dr. Smith!!! My bad spinal stenosis you said was causing tingling and numbness, unable to tilt my head back, sent me off to have a cervical epidural and saving surgery as a last resort. All I can say is this epidural procedure fixed me, 5 days later and I feel 100% awesome, no nerve pinching, no numbness in fingers and hands. I even road my motorcycle 300 miles on Sunday with no incident. Thank you thank you thank you!

March 5, 2020

Elaine M.

I am so grateful I was referred to Dr. Smith after it was determined surgery was necessary to fix a pinched nerve in my neck. It was extremely painful and I had lost most of the use of my left arm. With Dr. Smith’s expert care and the assistance of his nurse, Anne, I am happy to say I am recovering well and working on regaining my strength. Both Dr. Smith and Anne are consummate professionals- very knowledgeable, compassionate and very giving of their time. At all times they were very responsive and patient with me! My sincere thanks for their care.

August 26, 2019

M. H.

Thank you! I was struggling with a herniated disc for over 3 years and over that time I tried multiple different conservative therapy options which provided short term relief. This year things took a turn for the worse and I was referred to Dr. Michael Smith by multiple friends. I was reluctant at first but when the pain got to the point that I had no other option, I turned to Michael and his assistant, Anne Anderson, for guidance which was an absolute blessing. They not only helped me with understanding the different surgical options, but Anne also personally helped me navigate through the insurance requirements in a time where I needed to move quickly. I cannot thank these two enough, as I had a ton of anxiety and they walked me through exactly what I needed to know to make the ACDF surgery a success. I cannot thank them enough as they have changed my life for the better! They both come with my highest recommendation!

January 16, 2019

Steven H.

I am most fortunate that I chose Dr. Michael Smith for a second opinion regarding disc fusion surgery. Not only was I further convinced of the need for the surgery, but, persuaded by the doctor to quit smoking cigarettes after 40 years of smoking due to their effect on the healing process. Most importantly, I am sincerely grateful to Dr. Smith, Anne Anderson RNFA, and the entire staff for the outstanding care that I received before, during and after they performed a successful surgery. This friendly team of highly skilled and experienced professionals has treated me with utmost respect, compassion and kindness. For that I am eternally in their debt.

November 22, 2017

Oona V.

Dr. Michael Smith and his nurse Anne are truly AMAZING. If you are having cervical spine issues, Dr. Smith is who you want to see. I am so happy I was referred to him by my doctor and several healthcare professionals (they all told me he is the best). Due to a large herniated disc, I went from having chronic pain in my neck, shoulder and arm, to being pain-free immediately after Artificial Disc Replacement surgery. Surgery went very smoothly and recovery has been so much easier than I ever imagined. I’m thrilled with my results and care and am thankful for amazing surgeons and nurses!

October 18, 2017

Susan L.

Dr. Michael Smith with the support of Nurse Anne saved me from a lifetime of pain and helped me regain full range of motion. I was given the best of care, support, teaching and always left the office with a smile. Even after 5 years Dr. Smith remembered where I worked and what I did for a living.  I will be forever grateful to Dr. Smith, Nurse Anne and their care team.

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