Donald R. Smith, MD
Dr. Smith is a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. He has been a member of this neurosurgical department on a full-time basis since 1996. His neurosurgical areas of expertise include general neurosurgery with a special interest in spinal surgery and spinal instrumentation.
He obtained his neurosurgical training in the military at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Also while in the military service included tours in the Republic of Vietnam and Desert Storm. Now a retired member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, he held the rank of Colonel.
He spent many years in private practice in the Shreveport community before joining the faculty at LSU Medical Center. Prior to entering private practice, he served on the faculty at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC and served as Director of Neurosurgery Residency Training at that institution from 1974 to 1977. Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Neurologic Surgery and is a member of multiple neurosurgical and general medical associations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.
Dr. Smith has also been active in community and administrative affairs with the hospitals on which he is a member of the medical staff. In the past, he has been President of the Shreveport Medical Society as well as President of the Willis-Knighton Medical Staff. At the present time, he is also serving as the part-time Medical Director for Willis-Knighton Medical Center. He also holds a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration obtained from Trinity University in 1994. Dr. Smith has five children. Three sons are practicing physicians outside the Shreveport area.