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Smith, Derek Richard, MD





Providing the best care to our patients and their companions requires communicating in a way everyone understands. Interpreter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All spoken languages are available, as well as American Sign Language (AS/L).

Accepting New Patients
  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise
Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology


Brigham and Women's Hospital

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Medical School
U.T. Southwestern Medical School

The New York Hospital, Cornell

Professional Organizations

  • Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee
  • Connecticut Chapter of National MS Society, Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
  • American Academy of Neurology, Member


Verified Patient Reviews

1 out of 5 stars

My doctor was not very responsive and seemed like he didn't care very much about my pain or condition. I didn't feel like anything was solved or hopeful after the visit. He seemed depressed or just not interested in my concerns. It was disheartening.

4 out of 5 stars

Ordered several tests. But, didn't really explain about the tests. He left the room to order them and I thought he would return. When he didn't, I asked the nurse to have Dr Smith return because I had questions. He came back- but seemed a bit annoyed.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Smith was very knowledgeable and professional. He also was thoughtful in setting me up for the imaging and testing I would need.

4 out of 5 stars

With one of my concerns, the doctor was able to get me into a treatment right away

2 out of 5 stars

Provider made a strange comment that rubbed me the wrong way!

5 out of 5 stars

Great visit! Great discussions about different options! Very happy with visit!

1 out of 5 stars

He said I've would rather me live with pain than try different things for my trigeminal neuralgia

5 out of 5 stars

I am very satisfied with the care I receive and will always recommend this medical practice

5 out of 5 stars

Well, not that it's the doctors fault, but I am still currently undiagnosed. I have many symptoms with no answers.

Other Reviews from Around the Web

5 out of 5 stars

Very professional and timely.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Smith is a great doc! Knowledgeable, proactive, professional but also very personable and that’s important to me. Highly recommend!

5 out of 5 stars

Very friendly and helpful staff. Extremely knowledgeable and kind. Thank you!

4 out of 5 stars

Great experience. Doctor listened and took me seriously. Will continue with him for cate.


Derek is board certified in adult neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed residency in neurology and neuroscience at New York Hospital through Cornell University. He also completed a fellowship in multiple sclerosis study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.



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