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 (737 Ratings, 251 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 (737 Ratings, 251 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

  • Nov 10, 2019

    It was extremely friendly professional and knowledgeable.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Always very professional and very informed about my procedure.

  • Oct 30, 2019

    very knowledgeable and answered all my hard questions.

  • Oct 30, 2019


  • Oct 23, 2019

    This appointment went well and was informative.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Pleased with the visit. Very thorough- I felt good getting all my questions and concerns answered.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Very good experience.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Always on time. Always very efficient yet listens to all my concerns. Explains things at an understandable level but with great detail

  • Oct 14, 2019

    The office was friendly, all the care providers were respectful and knowledgable. Dr. Smith listened to me and explained my treatment options.

  • Oct 06, 2019

    Great doctor

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Very compassionate professional and explained everything fully

  • Oct 02, 2019

    Great! Excellent

  • Sep 30, 2019

    They were amazing!

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Dr. Smith was caring, professional and very interested in my best health. I would certainly and I will be coming back for a another visit with him.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    I suffered for eight months without relief until I went to OHSU. Dr. Smith and his PA figured out what was going on and were professional and friendly.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Dr. Smith was very nice, very patient and worked out a plan for us to get me where I need to be.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Very kind. Explains things so you can understand them. Gives you the information you need to help take care of yourself.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    I just want to say that when I first came to OHSU and was told to go specifically to Dr. Timothy Smith. I wasn't going to go up there because I didn't want it. I'm not crazy about going up on the hill and in [Name] period. But I've heard really good things about him. He was outstanding from the get-go. I'm really glad I went and he has helped me drastically. I used to have headaches everyday really bad ones, and now I'm having them few and far between I give him full credit for that. Thank you, and thanks to [Name] also.

  • 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 23, 2019

    Very knowledgeable, helpful, encouraging regarding my condition. I trust Dr. Smith, and have referred a family member to him.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    Fabulous care. Everything was explained to me so that I understood my diagnosis.The exam was very thorough!!Fabulous Doctor and ?Fellow?. A very positive experience.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    Took the time with me to find answers to my problem.

  • Aug 11, 2019

    The office was very knowledgeable and very well informed and felt they were very friendly. I was very happy with over all staff and visit. Thank you.

  • Aug 09, 2019

    It was good. Still recovering from surgery this morning. Thank you.

  • Aug 09, 2019

    I felt extremely comfortable with Dr. Timothy Smith. He seemed answer all my questions and told me in a fashion that I could understand what was going on and what it would take to fix it. And I am also extremely happy with his assistant who ... [Name] and I forgot her last name, but they were both extremely extremely easy to talk to and get information from.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    I have been excellent response with my provider Dr. Timothy Smith. His resident was also excellent. All my questions were answered and they spent a significant amount of time detailing a plan of action to do with my chronic sinus disease. I would strongly recommend him and his team to anyone else.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    After the exam, both Dr Smith and his Fellow answered and addressed my concerns.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    Pre-surgical consult. He was great at answering questions and explaining the procedure.

  • Aug 06, 2019

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

  • Aug 04, 2019

    Dr. Smith was very courteous, very professional, and I enjoyed meeting him and, I will see him again on Monday. Thank you very much. Bye.

  • Jul 26, 2019

    DR Timothy Smith and his staff are absolutely caring and professional. I sincerely appreciate the quality of care that the people of OHSU provide.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Dr. Smith was prepared for my appointment. He knew my medical history. He explains things so they are easy to understand. He is friendly.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Dr. Smith has an assuring approach to my issue. I am very comfortable that the recommended treatment (sinus surgery) will be conservative and will help correct a long-time problem I have had.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    No words can adequately describe my gratitude to Dr. Smith.

  • 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 12, 2019

    He is thorough and very kind.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Very nice bedside manner and very informative

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Never a long wait. This Dr is the most professional but kindest Dr that I go to.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    always the best.

  • 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 28, 2019

    Professional, caring and helpful.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Took the time to educate and answer question. Moved ahead with my care plan. His assistant (did not remember his name) shares equally with the excellent experience.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Polite helpful and kind.

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