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Wade S. Smith


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

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

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • 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.

Clinics I work with

Stroke Clinic

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

Vascular Laboratory

Cardiovascular Care & Prevention Center

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

My reviews


Overall Experience
53 Ratings
About our process
Jan 13, 2023
Excellent all around service
Aug 28, 2022
Dr. Smith asked a lot of questions asked me to perform various tasks and listened to my answers before providing a diagnosis.
Sep 22, 2021
Dr Smith is genuine caring and very knowledgeable; everything I want in a physician. As a physician myself these qualities are very important.
Jul 30, 2021
I liked and respect Dr. Smith. He made good contact with me and answered all my questions well.
Jun 11, 2021
I am very satisfied with Dr. Smith's care he takes the time to explain to me any concerns I have. I trust his knowlegde. He is the best!
May 30, 2021
Dr. Wade Smith was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable
May 14, 2021
These ratings are for Dr. Wade Smith himself not the UCSF stroke center staff
Decorative Caduceus

Multi-arm Optimization of Stroke Thrombolysis


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