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Neurological Surgery

Matthew D. Smyth, MD

Current Position
Professor, Neurosurgery
Professor, Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program
Director, Pediatric Radiosurgery Program

Specialty Areas
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Pediatric Epilepsy

Additional Features and Interviews with Dr. Smyth:
Ask The Expert - Ladue News:  Flattening on the Back of a Baby's Head
Top Story:  Craniosynotosis Repair: Fixing Baby's Head Shape

Patients Seen At
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite E, 4th
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 454-4454
Fax:   (314) 454-2818
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
660 South Euclid
Campus Box 8057
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy, craniosynostosis, craniofacial surgery, brain tumors, neuro-endoscopy, chiari malformation, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, syringomyelia, spasticity, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, cortical dysplasia.

More information on St. Louis Children's Hospital and craniosynostosis

Areas of Research Interest
Cortical dysplasia, animal models of epilepsy, cortical cooling for epilepsy, deep brain stimulation for epilepsy, genetic correlates of craniosynostosis

Board Certification
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery -- Certified
American Board of Neurological Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
B.A.: Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1992
Medical Degree: UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1996
Residency: Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, California, 1997
Residency: Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 2002
Chief Resident: Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 2002
Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, 2003
Hospital Affiliations
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Shriner's Hospital
St. John's Mercy Hospital - Consulting Staff

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2009-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Recognized as one of the Top 44 Providers with the Highest Patient Satisfaction, Washington University School of Medicine, 2010

SLCH Michelle Lawson Family Choice Award, 2007

America's Top Surgeons, 2007

Editorial Responsibilities

Ad hoc Reviewer
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Case Reports in Medicine
Child's Nervous System
Clinical Anatomy
Epilepsy and Behavior
Journal of Neuro-oncology
Journal of Neurosurgery
Journal of Pediatrics

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Hawasli AH, Buckley RT, Gao F, Limbrick DD, Smyth MD, Leonard JR, Santiago P, Stewart TJ, Park TS, Grubb RL, Dowling JL, Leuthardt EC, Rich KM, Zipfel GJ, Dacey RG, Chicoine MR. Biopsy of the superficial cortex: predictors of effectiveness and outcomes. Neurosurgery. 2013 Aug.

Akbari SH, Limbrick DD Jr, Kim DH, Narayan P, Leonard JR, Smyth MD, Park TS. Surgical management of symptomatic Chiari II malformation in infants and children. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Feb 7.

Murphy RK, Reynolds MR, Mansur DB, Smyth MD. Gamma knife surgery for a hemangioma of the cavernous sinus in a child. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2013 Jan.

Hawasli AH, Haydon DH, Dahiya S, Smyth MD. Pontine extraventricular neurocytoma in a child. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2012.

D'Ambrosio R, Eastman CL, Darvas F, Fender JS, Verley DR, Farin FM, Wilkerson HW, Temkin NR, Miller JW, Ojemann J, Rothman SM, Smyth MD. Mild passive focal cooling prevents epileptic seizures after head injury in rats. Ann Neurol. 2012 Sep 27.

Beaumont TL, Limbrick DD, Smyth MD. Advances in the management of subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. Childs Nerv Syst. 2012 Jul.

Ciliberto MA, Limbrick D, Powers A, Titus JB, Munro R, Smyth MD. Palliative hemispherotomy in children with bilateral seizure onset. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012 Apr.

Shah MN, Leonard JR, Inder G, Gao F, Geske M, Haydon DH, Omodon ME, Evans J, Morales D, Dacey RG, Smyth MD, Chicoine MR, Limbrick DD. Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging to reduce the rate of early reoperation for lesion resection in pediatric neurosurgery. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2012 Mar.

Chuen-im P, Smyth MD, Segura B, Ferkol T, Rivera-Spoljaric K. Recurrent pleural effusion without intrathoracic migration of ventriculoperitoneal shunt catheter: a case report. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2012 Jan.

Smyth MD, Rothman SM. Focal cooling devices for the surgical treatment of epilepsy. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2011 Oct.

Creach KM, Rubin JB, Leonard JR, Limbrick DD, Smyth MD, Dacey R, Rich KM, Dowling JL, Grubb RL Jr, Linette GP, King AA, Michalski JM, Park TS, Perry A, Simpson JR, Mansur DB. Oligodendrogliomas in children. J Neurooncol. 2012 Jan.

Shah MN, Kane AA, Petersen JD, Woo AS, Naidoo SD, Smyth MD. Endoscopically assisted versus open repair of sagittal craniosynostosis: the St. Louis Children's Hospital experience. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 Aug.

Breshears JD, Gaona CM, Roland JL, Sharma M, Anderson NR, Bundy DT, Freudenburg ZV, Smyth MD, Zempel J, Limbrick DD, Smart WD, Leuthardt EC. Decoding motor signals from the pediatric cortex: implications for brain-computer interfaces in children. Pediatrics. 2011 Jul.

Roland J, Miller K, Freudenburg Z, Sharma M, Smyth M, Gaona C, Breshears J, Corbetta M, Leuthardt EC. The effect of age on human motor electrocorticographic signals and implications for brain-computer interface applications. J Neural Eng. 2011 Aug.

Yarbrough CK, Powers AK, Park TS, Leonard JR, Limbrick DD, Smyth MD. Patients with Chiari malformation Type I presenting with acute neurological deficits: case series. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 Mar.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Matthew D. Smyth

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