Wade Smith


Director of Neurovascular Services
Band member of Bubba's Taxi – on saxophone, guitar and vocals

About me

Dr. Wade Smith, director of the UCSF Neurovascular Service, specializes in stroke prevention, management of acute stroke, critical care medicine and medical management after stroke. He has expertise in transcranial Doppler techniques for cerebral blood-flow monitoring. As a neurointensivist – a specialist in both critical care and neurology – he directs UCSF's 16-bed neurological intensive care unit, dedicated to patients with neurological injuries. He evaluates many patients who have been referred for a second or third opinion, though he also evaluates patients who are seeing a neurologist for the first time.

Smith earned both his medical degree and a doctorate in neurophysiology from the University of Washington. He completed a residency as well as a fellowship in critical care medicine at UCSF.

  • Education

    University of Washington, 1989

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Neurology, 1993

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Critical Care, 1994

  • Academic Title


I want to ensure that anyone having a stroke in our country can get rapid access to the best care possible, as patients do at UCSF.

Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Vascular Laboratory at Parnassus

400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor, Suite 501
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
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always a pleasure to spend Time with dr. smith and he always takes a lot of time and explains thing well. Excellent advice
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
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Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
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Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
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Knew the important information about your medical history
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The provider showed respect for what you had to say
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The provider spent enough time with me
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Decorative Caduceus

Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial

The primary outcome is a time-to-event outcome defined as a participant having at least one of the following events within 6-months from randomization: new ischemic stroke, acute coronary syndrome or all-cause mortality