Timothy L. Smith M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

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  • Vice Chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Chief Director of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (689 Ratings, 193 Comments)


  • Allergy and immunology
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Special focus on

  • Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Revision Surgery


  • M.D., University of Cincinnati 1991
  • Internship:

    • Surgery; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Residency:

    • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Fellowship:

    • Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Otolaryngology, 1997


Timothy L. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon where he also serves as Director of the Oregon Sinus Center, Chief of Rhinology and Sinus-Skull Base Surgery, and Director of Clinical Research. Dr. Smith is actively involved in clinical practice and research and serves as the Principal Investigator of the first multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary study of outcomes of sinus surgery funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Smith has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and other scientific publications and has mentored numerous faculty, fellows, residents, and post-graduate students who have substantially advanced the field of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Triological Society and the American Rhinologic Society. He has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Dr. Maurice Cottle Honor Award for distinguished research from the American Rhinologic Society. He is the first American Rhinologist/Sinus Surgeon to be elected to the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS).

Dr. Smith is a Past President of the American Rhinologic Society and has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and to the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief Elect of the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology and has served as an Associate Editor of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and has served on the editorial boards of several other journals.

Dr. Smith’s clinical practice is limited to rhinology/nasal and sinus disorders and surgery and includes:

Multi-disciplinary Nasal Obstruction Clinic

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Computer Guided Sinus Surgery (CAT Scan/Computer-assisted)

Polyps and Recurrent Polyps

Sinusitis and Recurrent Sinusitis

Revision (Re-do) Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Fungal Sinusitis

Laser Surgery

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Memberships and associations

  • Director, American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow, Triological Society
  • Fellow, American Rhinologic Society
  • Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (689 Ratings, 193 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Great experience. Friendly staff and the care professionals all seemed to be caring and willing to spend necessary time with me

  • Sep 10, 2019

    I was admitted for surgery (laser coblation of teangaectasias (sp?) in my nose). Everything went fine except that ever since surgery I have experienced significant pain in my throat, where a tube was inserted for breathing. I have had a number of surgeries and I am familiar with the raspy, painful feeling in the throat after procedures. However, this experience is much worse than I have ever experienced before. I have been living on milk, soup, ice cream and pudding for over 4 days, and the pain is not improving.

  • Sep 09, 2019

    Dr. Smith is a wonderful Dr. he is so caring

  • Sep 09, 2019

    I had a really good experience with OHSU so far and Dr. Smith, I'm feeling good, and I'm excited to see him again. Thank you.

  • Sep 08, 2019

    Excellent service, and accept your staff.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Smith was very understanding and answered all my questions. He took the time to listen. thank you

  • Aug 06, 2019

    100% positive. I feel like I'm in the very best hands.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    I had very little interaction with him. I felt he was kind and warm when I met him and on the day of surgery. However I never had anyone explain the full procedure to me until 10 min before the surgery. I tried to ask questions at pre op but they did not know. I also feel that the follow up after has been lacking. It’s hard to. It have anyone check in with me. I expected to feel better quicker based on what the nurses said. However it is Day 6 after surgery and I still do not feel well.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    It was a good experience, everyone was friendly and helpful.

  • Jul 08, 2019

    [Name] friendly fast and nice. Everything went smoothly.

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