Zachary A. Smith, MD

Northwestern Medical Group
  • Neurological Surgery


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.


  • Medical Education
    University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine - 2004
  • Residency
    Veterans Affairs Mc-West Los Angeles
  • Fellowship
    Northwestern Mcgaw / Northwestern Memorial Hospital - 2012


Northwestern Medical Group

675 N. St. Clair

Galter 20-250

Chicago, IL 60611

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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


  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Advantage PPO
  • BCBS Classic Blue
  • Beech Street
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West
  • HealthLink
  • Humana ChoiceCare POS
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PNA (Preferred Network Access)
  • Preferred Plan PPO
  • TriCare(US Military Insurance)