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David S. Smith, MD

David S. Smith, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Smith is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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About Dr. David S. Smith

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 1980

Clinical Expertise:

  • Neurosurgical Anesthesia

Description of Clinical Expertise

Neurosurgical Anesthesia
Anesthesia for Otorhinolaryngology
Anesthesia for Urology
Anesthesia for Neuroradiology, MRI and Interventional Radiology
Total intravenous anesthesia
Use of EEG to estimate depth of anesthesia

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Anesthesia

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 6 Dulles 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Medical School
Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Association of University Anesthesiologists, National International Anesthesia Research Society, National Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Local Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care, International The American Society of Anesthesiologists, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Smith is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Smith DS, Muravchick S: Parkinsonian symptoms during emergence from general anesthesia University of Pennsylvania, Institute of Aging Retreat. Philadelphia, PA : 2003.

Smith DS, Melhem ER, Kofke WA: Postoperative visual loss associated with acute superior vena cava syndrome Unincorporated International Neuroanesthesia Research Group Meeting : 2003.

Smith DS, Osborn I: Posterior Fossa: Anesthetic Consideration Anesthesia and Neurosurgery 4th edition : 335-351,2001.

Smith DS, Osborn I: Anesthetic Management of Patients Undergoing Neuroradiologic Procedures Anesthesia and Neurosurgery, 4th edition : 427-435,2001.

Gottschalk A, Smith DS: New Concepts in Acute Pain Therapy: Preemptive Analgesia Am Fam Physician 63 : 1979-1984,2001.

Cottrell J, Smith DS: Anesthesia and Neurosurgery Mosby Yearbook Publishers, 4th edition : 2001.

Baumgardner JE, Baranov D, Smith DS, Zager EL: Effectiveness of rapidly infused 5% albumin for the induction of hypothermia in neurosurgical patients Anesth Analg 89 : 163-169,1999.

Gottschalk A, Smith DS, Jobes DR, Kennedy SK, Lally SE, Noble VE, Grugan KF, Seifert HB, Cheung AT, Malkowicz SB, Gutsche BB, Wein AJ: Pe-emptive epidural analgesia and recovery from radical prostatectomy JAMA 279 : 1076-1082,1998.

Baranov D, Baumgardner J, Smith DS, Zager EL: Rapid infusion of chilled intravenous solutions is an effective method to institute mild hypothermia in neurosurgical patients Association of University Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA : 1998.

Gottschalk A, Smith DS, Malkowicz SB, Wein AJ: Preemptive analgesia for prostatectomy, (letter, reply to Hall and Roehrborn) JAMA 280 : 517-518,1998.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
778 Dulles
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3722
Fax: (215) 615-3898

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