Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD

Justin S. Smith, MD, PhDCo-Director of UVA Spine Center
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Physician Biography

Doctor Justin Smith serves as Co-Director of the UVA Spine Center, and is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia.  Within the Department of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Smith serves in several leadership roles including Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Co-director of Spine Division, and Co-director of Spine Fellowship.  He also serves on the Committee on Continuing Medical Education.

Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School and PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from Mayo Graduate School, both at Rochester, MN.  He completed a general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of California at San Francisco, where he served as Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery.  Dr. Smith advanced his spine training in two fellowship programs.  The first was an Adult and Pediatric Deformity Spine Fellowship at the University of Virginia jointly sponsored by the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery.  Under the tutelage of Richard G. Fessler, MD, he completed a Minimally Invasive Spine Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Throughout Dr. Smith’s medical education and career, he has received many honors and awards for his research.

Dr. Smith is a member of many prestigious societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS / CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, and National Association of Spine Surgeons.

Dr. Smith presents his research at society meetings and publishes his findings in peer-reviewed journals, as well as contributing many chapters to medical textbooks.  Further, he is a specialist reviewer for the Journal and Neurosurgery, Spine and adhoc reviewer for Neurosurgery. Dr. Smith is also a member of the Scoliosis Research Society.

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