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M Cristy Smith, MD

Accepting New Patients
62 West 7th Avenue, Suite 110
Spokane, WA 99204
2069.2 miles away
Speaks: English

Providence Northwest Heart & Lung - Spokane

62 West 7th Avenue, Suite 110, Spokane, WA 99204

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About M Cristy Smith

Dr. Cristy Smith is a cardiothoracic surgeon and the surgical director for the Providence Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support programs. Dr. Smith performs a broad range of cardiac surgeries with an emphasis on surgical treatments for heart failure that include placement of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), heart transplants, total artificial heart surgery and placement of extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO). Completing her cardiac fellowship at the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith trained in heart failure surgery under Jack Copeland, M.D., one of the leaders in heart transplantation and creator of the Cardiowest total artificial heart. Dr. Smith stayed on at the University of Arizona and continued to further her passion for heart failure surgery rising to director of transplant and mechanical devices until 2013. She brought that expertise to the Pacific Northwest where she established an LVAD/ECMO program on the west side of Washington State. Dr. Smith returned to her transplant roots when she assumed the role of surgical director for heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support at Providence Heart Institute in Spokane. She is dedicated to furthering the advancements of our Spokane programs with her continued work in minimally invasive LVAD therapy and the latest technologies in heart transplantation and life support. Dr. Smith has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of her achievements. She shares her knowledge with providers and consumers on topics ranging from post-op care of cardiac patients and heart disease in women to frontiers in minimally invasive placement of LVADs. In 2021, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine named Dr. Smith a top doctor in the region.


University of Arizona

Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School


Eastern Virginia Medical School


University of Arizona

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Providence Northwest Heart & Lung - Spokane
62 West 7th Avenue, Suite 110
Spokane, WA 99204

Providence Center for Advanced Heart Disease & Transplantation
62 West 7th Avenue, Suite 300
Spokane, WA 99204

Affiliated Locations
Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital

Clinical Interests

  • Aneurysm Of Ascending Aorta
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Fibroelastoma Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Mass
  • Aortic Valve Mass Resection
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Artificial Heart
  • Ascending Aortic Replacement
  • Atherosclerosis Of The Aorta
  • Atrial Myxoma Resection
  • Bicuspid Valve Repair
  • Biopsy Chest Wall
  • Biopsy Diaphragm
  • Biopsy Of Lung
  • Bloodless Cardiac Surgery
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cadaveric Transplant
  • Cardiac Tumor
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Centrimag Ventricular Assist Device Removal
  • Centrimag Ventricular Assist Device Surgery
  • Cervical Rib Resection
  • Chest Wall Disorder
  • Chest Wall Resection
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Combined Transplant (Heart-Kidney)
  • Combined Transplant (Heart-Kidney-Liver)
  • Combined Transplant (Heart-Liver)
  • Combined Transplant (Heart-Lung)
  • Contusion Of Chest Wall
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Vein Graft
  • Decortication Of Lung
  • Elevated Hemidiaphragm
  • Embolectomy
  • Empyema
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation Therapy Eecp
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Exploratory Thoracotomy
  • Extracorporeal Circulation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Transplant Hepatitis Positive
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Hiv Positive To Hiv Positive Transplant
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Mediastinal Mass
  • Mediastinitis
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myectomy
  • Myocardial Bridge
  • Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Open Biopsy Of Lung
  • Organ Donation
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Sternum
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardiotomy
  • Pleurectomy
  • Plication Of The Diaphragm
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
  • Repair Cardiac Wound
  • Repair Dissecting Thoracic Aorta
  • Repair Of Diaphragm
  • Repeat Heart Transplant
  • Replacement Cardiac Valve
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis With Insufficiency
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rupture Of Papillary Muscle
  • Septal Defect Repair
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Spontaneous Pneumothorax
  • Sternal Fracture
  • Tension Pneumothorax
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
  • Transplant Desensitization Protocols
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tube Pericardiostomy
  • Valve Sparing Surgery
  • Valve Stenosis
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Ventricular Myxoma
  • Ventricular Myxoma Resection
  • Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery