Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Director, UCSF Neurovascular Service
Daryl R. Gress Endowed Professor of Neurocritical Care and Stroke
Box #: 0114
Dr. Wade Smith is director of the UCSF Neurovascular Service. He received his medical degree and a doctorate in neurophysiology from the University of Washington, and came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989 for residency training in UCSF's Department of Neurology. He later completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at UCSF, where he helped establish the Neurovascular Service with Dr. Daryl Gress by creating the UCSF Stroke Service. He assumed the directorship in 2002.
Dr. Smith is a neurointensivist: a neurologist trained in both critical care and neurology. He directs the UCSF Neurological Intensive Care unit, a 29-bed ICU dedicated to the care and resuscitation of patients with neurological injury. The majority of patients treated at UCSF have diseases of the brain's arteries or veins, including stroke and cerebral aneurysm. Dr. Smith and his colleagues believe that a patient with a neurological problem significant enough to require intensive care deserves treatment by a neurointensivist.
Dr. Smith is also expert in stroke and transient ischemic attack, and sees patients in the outpatient clinic. Many of the patients he evaluates are referred for a second or third opinion, but he also sees patients on primary referral.
Dr. Smith's research interests include:
* CT, CT angiography and CT perfusion imaging of the brain
* Reperfusion techniques in ischemic stroke, including thrombectomy