Dr. Smyth, a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who treats children with craniosynostosis, epilepsy, tumors, tuberous sclerosis, cortical dysplasia, hydrocephalus, spasticity, myelomeningocele and spina bifida, Chiari malformations, congenital disorders of the brain and spine, brain and spinal injuries, arteriovenous malformations and other disorders of the brain and spine. He offers both open and endoscopic craniosynostosis repair for patients with craniosynostosis, and performs Laser Ablation and Gamma Knife radiosurgery in children. Dr. Smyth has been recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list for the past 10 consecutive years. He is Board Certified in Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery.
Dr. Smyth has performed over 500 craniosynostosis surgeries since 2003, including approximately 250 endoscopic and 250 open procedures. He was one of the original surgeons that developed the endoscopic craniosynostosis program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2006 and has personally performed every endoscopic synostosis case with the craniofacial plastic surgeons. He has treated patients endoscopically as young as 5 weeks and as old as 7 months, and has extensive experience treating sagittal, coronal, metopic, lambdoid, minor suture and multi-suture synostoses with both open and endoscopic techniques. Operations on children with late diagnoses are commonly performed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Although the revision rate at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is very low after initial craniosynostosis surgery, Dr. Smyth and his team do have experience with reoperations and are proud of their excellent track record of outcomes and safety, as well as the multiple research studies that have been published by his team over the years.