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Darin Smith
Patient Rating
4.0 / 5 (Based on 176 Reviews)

Darin Smith, MD

Specialty: Neurosurgery

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Darin Smith, please call 319-221-8966

Areas of Interest

Dr. Smith specializes in both invasive and minimally invasive spinal surgeries. Additional interests include brain tumor evaluation and resection, craniotomy for tumors and aneurysms, ventriculoperitoneal shunts, brain aneurysm evaluation, SEPS twist drill subdural hematoma drainage, Agee endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, ulnar nerve surgery and transsphenoidal for pituitary tumors.

Education and Training


University of Iowa College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Neurosurgery

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Associates of Neurological Surgery
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Honors, Awards, etc.

Alpha Omega Alpha, honor medical society, University of Iowa College of Medicine


Board Certified in Neurological Surgery

Personal Interests

Dr. Smith and his wife, Suehila, enjoy taking care of their six children. They are interested in general health and nutrition and developing a proper diet for optimal health.

Additional Information

After graduation from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Smith did a six-year residency in Neurological Surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery that permits more rapid healing, shorter hospital stays and low complication rates, resulting in dramatic pain reduction. Dr. Smith performs "the right surgery for the right reasons" to achieve the best possible outcome.

Patient Reviews

February 13, 2021
This doctor couldn't have cared less about my situation and made me feel I was wasting his time on an imaginary problem.
January 29, 2021
all good
December 27, 2020
everything went smoothly.
October 06, 2020
I found him to be a little abrupt and not very compassionate
September 17, 2020
My appointment re: the results of an MRI and possible treatment options was EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING and DISAPPOINTING! Dr. Darren Smith walked into the exam room without saying hello, responding to my hello, or introducing himself...very rude! He showed me my MRI, and when I asked about treatment options he refused to discuss them since I was not currently in pain. He was cold and dismissive, perhaps spending a total of 3 minutes with me. This care provider is NOT up to the standards I expect of Mercy Cedar Rapids, and I would NOT RECOMMEND him to anyone!
September 03, 2020
Dr. Smith is a outstanding professional in every way possible.
August 06, 2020
My impression of Dr. Smith was that he is very focused on his skills and the operation. I think he did a great job with my surgery. But I found him difficult to talk with in that he was very terse and did not seem to want to talk with me. I think he is just introverted (as am I). He did answer my questions very well but I felt like I did not have a chance to ask all of my questions. He seemed in a hurry to move on to the next patient or something. Because of his surgical skills, I would still recommend to a freind.
August 04, 2020
The doctor did not seemed very concerned about my continued pain (although I have experienced great improvement with my condition). There was no suggestion of ways I could help with the situation, until my husband mentioned physical therapy. The doctor then said that would probably be good. He would write an order for that.
July 31, 2020
He was super nice, friendly and even joked around with me. Cant thank him enough for being so nice at a time valuable.
July 30, 2020
Doctor Smith is a absolutely fantastic doctor. I was given all of the information- the risks, long term, benefits and every question that I had, Doctor Smith answer back on the spot, even before the operation, Doctor Smith answered each question. Rating: 1 to 10 : 10 +
July 28, 2020
dr smith is just not a talker. however I feel he is up front when you have any questions. don't feel he really knows just how little we know about type of surgery you're having, so you have to ask. however, for me, I had a trust of him
June 29, 2020
Dr Smith was very informative, very clear on risks, benefits of possible surgery
June 18, 2020
very good
June 09, 2020
Did not explain much just said I was going to the pain clinic. Explained and showed me my problem on MRI but did not explain longterm plan of action.
April 21, 2020
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Provider's Contact Information

Mercy Neurosurgery Clinic