Zachary Adam Smith

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Research Interests

Dr. Zachary A. Smith is a fellowship trained, board certified neurosurgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He has a strong interest and experience in the treatment of cervical spine disease and tumors of the spine. In addition, he is the principal investigator a NIH-funded prospective study (K23) that evaluates biomarkers of spinal injury in patients with cervical spine compression. This study is a collaboration between Northwestern Medicine, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and the Northwestern Neuroimaging Institute. Dr. Smith graduated as a Presidential Scholar from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). He obtained his medical and neurosurgical training at UCLA and fellowship at Northwestern. He is the recipient of the CNS Spine Fellowship award and the AANS/CNS Spine Section Apfelbaum Awards. Dr. Smith has published greater than 200 combined peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and editorials. He has additionally presented > 100 combined talks and abstracts at national and international conferences. He has been an editor on two books that focused on minimally invasive spine techniques. He has published in multiple journals including Nature, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and the Journal of NeuroOncology. He is on the Editorial Board of both PlosOne (Public Library of Science) and Operative Neurosurgery. 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. Further, his research involves the study of spinal biomechanics,motion segments in the spine, and abnormal neck posture.

Training Experience

2010Residency, University of California, Los Angeles
2011Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
2012Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center

Education/Academic qualification

MD, University of California-Los Angeles

… → 2004

Research interests

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Biomechanics
  • Spinal Oncology
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery

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Spine Medicine & Life Sciences
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Neurosurgery Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2010 2025

Research Output 2001 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessing hand dysfunction in cervical spondylotic myelopathy

Smith, Z. A., Barry, A. J., Paliwal, M., Hopkins, B. S., Cantrell, D. & Dhaher, Y., Jan 1 2019, In : PloS one. 14, 10, e0223009.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spinal Cord Diseases
Magnetic resonance imaging
2 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of CrossFit-Related Spinal Injuries

Hopkins, B. S., Cloney, M. B., Kesavabhotla, K., Yamaguchi, J., Smith, Z. A., Koski, T. R., Hsu, W. K. & Dahdaleh, N. S., Nov 1 2019, In : Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine. 29, 6, p. 482-485 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spinal Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Neurologic Examination
Body Mass Index
1 Citation (Scopus)

Machine Learning for the Prediction of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Post Hoc Pilot Study of 28 Participants

Hopkins, B. S., Weber, K. A., Kesavabhotla, K., Paliwal, M., Cantrell, D. R. & Smith, Z. A., Jul 1 2019, In : World neurosurgery. 127, p. e436-e442

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spinal Cord Diseases
Area Under Curve
Neural Networks (Computer)
Machine Learning

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Atlas-Based Volumetric Mapping of the Cervical Cord Gray Matter in Cervical Canal Stenosis

Smith, Z. A., Weber, K. A., Paliwal, M., Hopkins, B. S., Barry, A. J., Cantrell, D., Ganju, A., Koski, T. R., Parrish, T. B. & Dhaher, Y., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : World neurosurgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pathologic Constriction
Spinal Cord Diseases
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
15 Citations (Scopus)

Comparing Short-term Complications of Inpatient Versus Outpatient Single-level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Khanna, R., Kim, R. B., Lam, S. K., Cybulski, G. R., Smith, Z. A. & Dahdaleh, N. S., Jan 1 2018, In : Clinical Spine Surgery. 31, 1, p. 43-47 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Propensity Score
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures