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

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  • Vice Chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck 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 (572 Ratings, 192 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 (572 Ratings, 192 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

  • Jul 09, 2019

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

  • Jul 08, 2019

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

  • Jun 28, 2019

    My experience at OHSU and with Dr. Smith with outstanding. I can't say anything else outstanding. Thank you.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    It seemed I was left to talk to all the doctors in training and didn’t talk with Dr. smith much

  • May 25, 2019

    Treated for HHT in nose and mouth. Seems to have gone well. Everyone was friendly.

  • May 14, 2019

    The experience was very professional, personal, and positive.

  • May 13, 2019

    I feel at ease with him as my doctor.

  • May 01, 2019

    Positive, friendly, efficient.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Dr. Smith has been very helpful in treating my sinusitis. The problems after having the surgery and very helpful answering questions while still listening. So I feel very very cared for and I look forward to visiting with him because I know we're going to get great caring and helpful provider to help me in getting better and better. Bye. Bye.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    The entire team took their time to make sure I was cared for.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Friendly, professional, very helpful

  • Apr 22, 2019

    It was awful and if you like me a call I’ll explain . Very frustrating thank you [Name]

  • Apr 19, 2019

    The entire staff is exceptional.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Was taken in on arrival, friendly, helped me with preventive methods for my sinus issues. Had empathy for all I had been through. Also had all my records in before my visit.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    While my case is somewhat atypical, it didn't really seem like Dr. Smith spent a lot of time trying to figure out what is going on. He said that he reviewed my imaging, but did not review my most recent MRI considering that he didn't know that it existed until I told him. While I didn't really expect him to have answers and I understand he is a specialist, he could have put more thought into my case instead of writing it off as just a "neuro" case.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Professional, respectful and knowledgeable. Took the time with his partner to obtain information and get back to the room to do a second exam and to provide his opinion and diagnosis and a plan of care.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    This was my first visit. All team members seemed very efficient and were patient and listened to me. My time with Dr. Smith was brief but he offered his best assessment and treatment. I will return.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr. Smith is the best Dr. I have had. I have spent 54 years with Dr.s telling me I have a runny nose and I need to learn to live with it. Dr. Smith let me know that I don't just have a runny nose and has changed my life. I wish I felt this good in my 20's 30's and 40's.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Had great care with ohsu and hht drs

  • Apr 05, 2019

    He was to the point but thorough!

  • Apr 04, 2019

    As always Dr. Smith and his team were right on time and thorough. I feel like I'm in the best hands for my issue with sinus problems.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Tim Smith is tops in my book .friendly , knowledgeable . smart .

  • Apr 03, 2019

    It was great.The procedure was explained to me by the doctor and I felt very confident in him by our conversation. The entire staff made me feel very relaxed as I entered into the procedure.

  • Mar 24, 2019

    So Dr. Smith, I would refer everybody and anybody to him his office his surgical team and everything about the way that practices medicine should be duplicated a million times over for every other doctor in this country. I think the only choice you is very blessed to have him and his team there.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Down-to-earth provider whom answers any and all questions with ease. Makes you feel comfortable and explains plan of care.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    I am always treated with respect, seen promptly and have all of my questions answered.

  • Mar 17, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Smith has always been positive. I've gone to him for a few years now. I'm extremely happy with the service I get there and and the attention to detail and he's always more than willing to answer any questions or concerns I have.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Responsive, listened, knowledgable

  • Mar 15, 2019

    Yes, my treatment and visit with Dr. Smith, I really appreciated his thoroughness and his knowledge and forward thinking in terms of dealing with my issues. So anyway, I'm very well much pretty much pleased with the treatment service provided by not only Dr. Smith, but also by Dr. Baker who worked with him on that ... on the 26th of February. Thank you.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    It was good and I didn't have to wait. I wish he would have spent longer looking at my sinuses, I drove all the way from Newberg and was only with the doctor for a couple minutes.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    I have been fighting this forever. It seems like my... well, ever since I was 16 years old. I have learned more from Dr. Timothy Smith in the last few months compared to the whole time before. He is fantastic. I'm really happy to have finally found him and I will continue going to him. Thank you.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    My experience with the doctors and the nursing staff was outstanding.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Dr. Smith did a wonderful job on my complicated sinus surgery 5 years ago. He and his staff were very responsive in dealing with the problems and questions I had during my recovery. I come for a check up once a year, now, to make sure my tumor has not come back —which is reassuring.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    pleasant, interested in me, just what i want in a doctor

  • Mar 06, 2019

    Dr. Timothy Smith is one of the best medical providers I have ever had. He listens very carefully, he cares, he addresses the issues that I present to him and makes me feel very confident going out the door that if there's anything that follows up, he would be available and again, everything that.... that he presents has been very, very positive to both my husband and I and this is been over a course of about 5 years of treatments. I would absolutely give him a 10 and recommend him to any of my friends or anybody for OHSU care.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    I really only waved to him in the hallway on the day of surgery, I was not conscious for other interactions.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Very caring and professional.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Dr. Smith was both friendly and professional through the entire process.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Kind, very attentive to my questions and concerns.

  • Feb 22, 2019

    My experience was very little. I only saw him for 1 minute, literally. I saw the PA. And when he finally came in, all he did was repeat what the PA said. He should not receive credit for this appointment.

  • Feb 22, 2019

    Dr. Smith is such a cordial and likable guy, and I just tend to believe everything he says, because he has such a presence and it's so mellow and he's never in a hurry. My sister told me when she recommended him to me, that I would like him. But since I've met him, I really like him. He is an excellent, excellent doctor and I feel so at ease. I come out of there stress free.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    Dr. Smith was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Frankly he was quite compassionate and addressed all my concerns and answered all my questions. Yeah, the...he made the...the entire experience quite pleasant.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Staff were great, doctor came in prepared, they were all on time and doctor was very clear and discussed all options in detail and answered all my questions clearly and thoroughly. Next steps were explained too.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Dr. Smith had reviewed my chart and was very prepared to offer a treatment plan after listening carefully to my narrative of symptoms. I am very confident in Dr. Smith being my physician for treatment. The evacuation during a fire alarm blaring was orderly and delayed my appointment but turned out OK.

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Dr. Timothy Smith gave me great confidence, and provided answers to all my questions with the greatest of patience. My husband and I felt very fortunate to have him as my surgeon.

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Great surgeons and nurses

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Great care

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Dr. Timothy Smith is a wonderful physician and Surgeon. he and his team have provided me with an amazing quality of life change regarding my sinuses. My surgery was a huge success thanks to Dr. Smith and the OHSU medical group.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    I felt that Dr. Smith was extremely professional extremely skilled extremely concerned for my well being and he had a great level of expertise. That left me feeling totally trusting in Him. I felt he also had a great professional presents and even that Special quality that makes you feel like you had someone who is truly a healer. I'm very grateful for his skill and his healing abilities.

  • Jan 30, 2019

    Dr Smith performed ENT surgery. He kept us informed and did a great job keeping me pain free. Post op instructions were very clear.

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