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Darin Smith
Patient Rating
4.1 / 5 (Based on 356 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

January 18, 2022
Dr Smith seems to be a man of few words. I like details about what to expect and I should have asked more questions. With that said I feel confident Dr Smith is an excellent surgeon and am happy he performed my surgery.
December 14, 2021
I would have liked to hear more details about the surgery procedure. I should have asked more questions but didn't know what to ask at the time. He answered the questions that I did ask.
November 25, 2021
November 18, 2021
Good surgeon.
October 21, 2021
Dr Smith is a man of few words, but listens and answers questions. He is an excellent surgeon and has treated me very well.
October 07, 2021
Great results and pain care
October 06, 2021
Dr. Smith appears to be a very knowledgeable, caring physician and I felt confident he is an excellent Surgeon in his field
September 30, 2021
Dr looked at MRI and said "we will send you to the university" - not much conversation.
September 24, 2021
I was offered zero pain relief and they scheduled 2 MRIs and I can't tolerate an MRI. I had a panic attack in my last one. He didn't even seem concerned with that. He didn't explain what was wrong with my back at all, just suggested we look upper at my neck so I have no idea whats going entire appointment was less than 30 mins and I waited forever to get that appt. The whole time I can hardly walk because of the pain.
August 31, 2021
Dr Smith was totally ungiving in explanations of the actual surgery, expected results, and potential problems, or rehab Issues. His policy seemed to be "I have completed the surgery and that is my only obligation. He did not present himself for any interaction with the patient what so ever. I am totally confident that Dr Smith is a very competent surgeon, but his "bed side manner" is totally nonexistent.
August 26, 2021
The Dr explained things in a way that I could understand and asked if I had any other questions. When I asked them he answered them immediately.
August 24, 2021
Dr Smith did not show me or explain any results of the MRI. Only because I am a nurse did I have some basic understanding of the results. He just announced that he wouldn't get approval for surgery from the insurance company but to come back if things didn't improve. I've lived with this for 2 years since I saw him last. I've come back only to be told he won't help me & he's offered no ideas of what further I can do. I realize the answer is not always surgery but he just totally dismissed me & ushered me out of the clinic room. I couldn't have spent more than 5 minutes with him.
August 18, 2021
No bedside manner. Was only in room for a couple minutes. Seemed like he was in hurry. Did not allow time for questions
August 18, 2021
I am sure he is a very good neurosurgeon. When it was recommended that surgery was not needed, I felt like the care stopped there.
August 17, 2021
Very satisfied with Dr Smith Explained the problem to me and fixed my pain. Very pleased he got my surgery scheduled so fast.
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Provider's Contact Information

Mercy Neurosurgery Clinic