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Smith, Derek Richard, MD





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Accepting New Patients


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

5 out of 5 stars

Useless tool, placing unnecessary stress on necessary staff doctor's and staff.

5 out of 5 stars

He is an excellent Doctor

5 out of 5 stars

I understood more about issues related to his findings.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Smith looks me in the eye instead of hiding behind the computer as in other practices I feel he appreciates and respects his patients

2 out of 5 stars

He was brief, made me feel rushed, didn't show concern for anything that I was bringing up. I won't be seeing him again. I'll be getting a second opinion.

5 out of 5 stars

I consider myself lucky to be under Dr Smith's care.

5 out of 5 stars

I have followed Dr. Smith from his days in Boston. He is very personable and easy to talk with. He listens and doesn't rush to next appointments. I have and will continue to refer him to others. Since I come from Rhode Island he has my annual MRIs scheduled on same day so I don't need to travel multiple days.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Smith was patient and caring. He answered my questions and provided "next steps". I'm thankful.

5 out of 5 stars

Everything was very clear and concise

5 out of 5 stars

I would recommend Dr. Smith to anyone who would need him.

5 out of 5 stars

I have been a patient of Dr. Smith for a number of years. He is professional, he takes my concerns seriously, and when he speaks to me I feel like we are on the same level (Instead of a dr. who knows everything and the patient is ignorant),

Other Reviews from Around the Web

4 out of 5 stars

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

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Neurologist. He's very thorough and kind.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Smith has been my Physician for many years. He is very knowledgeable about my condition and he takes his time to explain and is not rushed. Office staff is pleasant and accommodates appointments as necessary. Messages are taken care of and return calls are made promptly.

5 out of 5 stars

Great bedside manner, had reviewed my records and tests before he got in the room and then asked ME which issue was most important and where I wanted to start. He spent the time going over additional questions and things that might be increasing my migraines (1 of 4 topics). He was wonderful and I was terrified to go back to this office as the neurosurgeon I met with before Dr Smiths appointment was the exact opposite with no sense of humor when talking through a potentially very serious condition. Was focused on telling me all the things wrong with me that made it impossible for hi. To fix my issues. But Not Dr Smith. He did as much as he could to help!! I’m a fan!

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Smith had reviewed all my records before he entered the room and asked me Where I wanted to start. We had a great discussion and laid out some plans and things to do immediately and going forward - bedside manner was EXCELLENT and I was concerned because that same service was lacking with the neurosurgeon in the same office. I highly recommend Dr Smith as a neurologist!!

5 out of 5 stars

I have been a patient of Dr. Smith for a few years now. We have become familiar with each other. We are are both relaxed during appointments, yet he is still very, very professional. I trust his opinion as he cares for my condition(s). The office staff are always cheerful, friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend Dr. Smith.

5 out of 5 stars

I've been seeing Dr.Smith for my M.S. for over a decade and wouldn't want to go to anyone else


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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