Sheila M. Smitherman, MD Providence Medical Group

Languages: English, Spanish
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
I believe in developing good communication with my patients and their family members to ensure each patient is able to actively participate in decisions about their care. Beginning with the initial consult, I try to focus on the needs of the whole person and how their current medical issue and treatment plan might affect their everyday lives.
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical School
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • accessory nerve disease
  • accessory nerve injury
  • acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • acoustic neuroma
  • acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
  • aneurysm
  • arachnoid cyst
  • arnold chiari malformation
  • arteriovenous fistula
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • astrocytoma tumors
  • awake craniotomy
  • back fracture
  • back surgery
  • benign neoplasm of brain
  • berry aneurysm
  • biopsy of brain
  • biopsy of skull
  • bone growth stimulator
  • bone tumor
  • brain laceration
  • brain neoplasms
  • brain surgery
  • bulging disc
  • burr hole
  • carotid endarterectomy
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cauda equina syndrome
  • cavernous hemangioma
  • cavernous sinus thrombosis
  • cerebellar anomaly
  • cerebellar tumor
  • cerebral aneurysm
  • cerebral cyst
  • cerebral decompression
  • cerebral edema
  • cerebral hemorrhage
  • cerebral hernia
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cervical arthritis
  • cervical laminoplasty
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • chordoma
  • choroid plexus tumor
  • cingulotomy
  • clipping of brain aneurysm
  • clivus chondroma
  • cns lymphoma
  • colloid cyst
  • compression fracture
  • congenital cerebral hernia
  • cordotomy
  • corpus callosotomy
  • cortical mapping
  • cranial nerve diseases
  • cranial nerve disorders
  • cranial nerve injuries
  • cranial nerve palsy
  • cranial nerve repair
  • cranial puncture
  • cranial vault malformations
  • craniectomy
  • craniocele
  • craniopharyngioma
  • craniorachischisis
  • craniosynostosis
  • craniotomy
  • cranium bifidum
  • csf shunt removal
  • decompression laminectomy
  • decompression median nerve at elbow
  • deep brain stimulation
  • deep brain stimulation asleep
  • deep brain stimulation awake
  • degenerative spine conditions
  • diplomyelia
  • disc arthroplasty
  • disc surgery
  • diskectomy
  • dorsal column stimulator
  • dural sinus thrombosis
  • electrical sacral stimulation
  • embryonal cell tumors of the brain
  • encephalocele
  • encephalocele repair
  • encephalomegaly
  • endonasal transsphenoidal approach
  • ependymoma
  • epidural hematoma
  • epidural hemorrhage
  • epidural injection
  • epilepsy surgery
  • extradural abscess
  • facet injection
  • facial pain
  • facial spasm
  • gamma knife
  • ganglioglioma
  • ganglioma
  • ganglioneuroblastoma
  • ganglioneurocytoma
  • germ cell tumor
  • glioma
  • gliomatosis cerebri
  • gliosarcoma
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • head reconstruction
  • hemangiopericytoma
  • hemispherectomy
  • herniated disc
  • herniation syndrome
  • hydrocephalus
  • hydrorhachis
  • injury of optic chiasm
  • intracranial abscess
  • intracranial arterial bypass
  • intracranial arterial occlusion
  • intracranial hemangioma
  • intracranial hemorrhages
  • intracranial mass
  • intraspinal abscess
  • intraventricular endoscopy
  • kyphoplasty
  • kyphosis
  • laminectomy
  • laminoplasty
  • lesion of median nerve
  • lesion of popliteal nerve
  • lesion of posterior tibial nerve
  • lesion of sciatic nerve
  • lesion of ulnar nerve
  • lipomyelomeningocele
  • lobectomy of brain
  • low back surgery
  • lower back injuries
  • lower back pain
  • lumbar spine fusion
  • lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • malignant brain neoplasm
  • malignant neoplasm of brain stem
  • malignant neoplasm of cerebellum
  • malignant neoplasm of frontal lobe
  • malignant neoplasm spinal cord
  • medulloblastoma
  • medulloepithelioma
  • meningioma
  • meningocele
  • metastatic brain cancer
  • microvascular decompression
  • migraine surgery
  • migraine treatment
  • minimally invasive spine surgery
  • myelomeningocele
  • myelopathy
  • myelopathy surgery
  • nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • neck fracture
  • neck injury
  • neck pain
  • needle biopsy of brain
  • needle biopsy of cerebral meninges
  • neoplasm of brain stem
  • neuroblastoma
  • neuroectodermal tumor
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • neuroendoscopy
  • neurofibromatosis
  • neurofibrosarcoma
  • neurogenic claudication
  • neuronal glial tumors
  • nonruptured cerebral aneurysm
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • olfactory neuroblastoma
  • oligodendroglioma
  • open biopsy of brain
  • optic nerve decompression
  • optic nerve glioma
  • optic nerve sheath meningioma
  • optic nerve surgery
  • orbital nerve decompression
  • osteomyelitis
  • paraganglioma
  • parkinsons surgery
  • percutaneous trigeminal rhizotomy
  • peripheral nerve surgery
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • peripheral schwannoma
  • periventricular mass
  • petrous apex tumor
  • pilocytic astrocytoma
  • pineal tumor
  • pineoblastoma
  • pituitary adenoma
  • pituitary tumor
  • post-laminectomy kyphosis
  • post-laminectomy syndrome
  • prolactinoma
  • radiculopathy
  • rathke's cleft cysts
  • removal acoustic neuroma
  • repair of brain
  • resection of cerebral arteriovenous malformation
  • ruptured brain aneurysm
  • ruptured intervertebral disc
  • sacroiliitis
  • scheurmanns disease
  • sciatica
  • scoliosis
  • shevel procedure
  • skull base approach
  • skull base tumor
  • skull fracture
  • spina bifida
  • spinal abscess
  • spinal cord anomaly
  • spinal cord compression
  • spinal cord diseases
  • spinal cord injury
  • spinal cord stimulator
  • spinal dural graft
  • spinal fracture
  • spinal fusion
  • spinal instrumentation
  • spinal meningioma
  • spinal schwannoma
  • spinal stenosis
  • spinal tumor
  • spine fracture
  • spine injuries
  • spine stapling
  • spondylectomy
  • spondylolisthesis
  • spondylosis
  • spondylosis with myelopathy
  • spondylosyndesis
  • spongioblastoma
  • standard transphenoidal approach
  • stereotactic brain biopsy
  • stereotactic radiosurgery
  • stereotactic radiotherapy
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • subcaudate tractotomy
  • subdural hematoma
  • subdural hemorrhage
  • subpial transection
  • surgery for spasticity
  • surgical treatment of myelopathy
  • syringobulbia
  • syringomyelia
  • tarlov cysts
  • temporal tumor
  • tethered spinal cord
  • topectomy
  • trigeminal nerve disease
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • ulnar nerve compression
  • ulnar nerve decompression
  • ulnar nerve surgery
  • vagal nerve stimulator
  • vagal stimulation
  • vascular malformations of the brain
  • vascular malformations of the spine
  • ventricular shunt
  • ventriculo peritoneal shunt
  • ventriculocisternostomy
  • ventriculostomy
  • vertebral epiphysitis
  • vertebral fracture
  • vertebroplasty
  • visual cortex injury
  • von hippel-lindau disease
Dr. Smitherman has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and European Spine Journal, and she has several articles currently pending publication. She also has written book chapters for Neurosurgical Operative Atlas: Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Smitherman has presented scientific lectures on a variety of topics, including advances in brain tumor therapies, surgical approaches to spine tumors, and intraoperative planning and management of intracerebral aneurysms, and has presented community lectures on brain tumors and brain surgery.

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.4 out of 5 (63 Ratings, 16 Comments)



Good care.

This was the first time to meet with this provider, and it was very good.

great pleasant surgeon been to her before. why so strick with pain meds no meds till after surgery so I have to go back to primary care provider just seems easier if I could get meds from Dr currently being seen by.

All care givers I see are great.

Dr. Smitherman is a neurologist who listens.

She is an excellent Healthcare Provider.

If I hadn't seen Dr. S, I would be in a nursing home now. I am so grateful that she spent 10 hours in Surgery. I had my surgery [...] and I have made a 95% recovery. A week at St. Peter'ss a month at Mother Joseph's and I am finishing up with my outpatient therapy.

Neither my primary care or specialist wants to discuss with me or has expertise in discussing pain management. This is a great disappointment to me and will drive me to find another provider that has knowledge of pain managment for a long term chronic condition. It would be great if we had a pain management service somewhere in the South Sound area.

I felt that Dr. Smitherman was more concerned about entering information into her computer, when I saw the notes afterwards I felt she only grasped the superficial facts of my issues. She did not physically exam me how I thought she should have I left the appointment w/a referral for a nerve conductivity test, and a follow-up afterwards; with a only option of disc surgery w/a quick explanation. No detail of my MRI, issues causing pain were specifically she confirmed the "loud" clicking and snapping in my neck & yet is not in her notes.

Everyone was professional and caring.

Sheila Smitherman is a fantastic care provider. She listened to me!

She did not listen. Once she saw me and my weight [...] she said that all of my back pain was from weight, completely discounting that I had been at [...] overnight recently for herniated discs and that my spinal cord had been so compressed that I had to be catheterized so I could urinate. Said that wasn't important or relevant and that the only thing that was important was to lose weight. There is more I could say about it but that was what I got most frustrated about. Yes, I am large and Yes I am already working on it. But my primary doctor felt that my pain was significant enough to send me to her office, she made me feel ignorant. I've never been treated so badly by any provider in the Providence system, and I've had quite a few.

Of all the doctors I have seen, Dr. Sheila Smitherman is my favorite. She is easy to talk to and can explain complicated issues in layman's terms. I have told several friends and family about her. She preformed successful surgery on my back several years ago. She is the best!

This physician has excellent "bed side manner". She answered every question I had completely and in words I could understand completely. With several of my questions, she used the plastic spine replica to be thorough and ease my anxiety about having the condition I have. Her staff provided me, within minutes, an appointment for treatment at [...]. I was very happy with these providers and the care I received.

[...] All of my symptoms other professionals take seriously are blown off by this provider.
Providence Medical Group Southwest Washington Neurosurgery
615 Lilly Road Northeast Suite 220
Olympia, WA 98506
Affiliated Facilities
Providence St. Peter Hospital