Dr. Wade Smith is the Daryl R. Gress Endowed Professor of Neurocritical Care and Stroke and Chief of the UCSF Neurovascular Service. Dr. Smith is a neurointensivist- a neurologist trained in both critical care and neurology and co-founder of the Neurocritical Care Society. He directs the UCSF Neurological Intensive Care unit- a 29-bed ICU dedicated to the care and resuscitation of patients with neurological injury including stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage (brain aneurysms). Dr. Smith is an expert in stroke and sees patients in the outpatient clinic as well.
Dr. Smith's research interests include brain imaging of stroke and reperfusion techniques in ischemic stroke, including thrombectomy. He received his MD and PhD in neurophysiology from the University of Washington in 1989. Dr. Smith completed his residency training in neurology and a fellowship in critical care medicine at UCSF. He joined the UCSF Department of Neurology in 1994. He greatly enjoys teaching and co-directs the UCSF Brain, Mind and Behavior course for 1st year UCSF medical students, and is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. He trains residents in neurology as well as neurocritical care and vascular neurology fellows.Dr. Smith's academic website can be found at: