Tyler G. Smith, M.D.

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About the Doctor

Dr. Smith is the Founder of the Sierra Spine Institute. He is a Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. He focuses his practice exclusively on evaluating and treating conditions of the spine in adults and adolescents.


Care Philosophy

I believe we have a clear obligation to provide patients with as much information about their care as we can. Informed patients simply make a better decision about treatment options and enjoy better outcomes. I also have a healthy respect for surgery and am of the opinion that it should be avoided if possible. However, if your condition requires an operation, it should be done in a way that preserves uninvolved tissue as much as possible – i.e., minimally invasive.

Surgical Training

  • Spine Surgery Fellowship – Stanford University Combined Program, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Stanford, CA and St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency – The Ohio State University Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbus OH


  • Undergraduate – University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • Medical School – University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
  • California Orthopedic Society
  • Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center
  • West Coast Joint and Spine Center
  • Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley

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Due to the ongoing epidemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Sierra Spine Institute has elected to proceed with measures to protect the safety of our patients, our staff, and our community.

We have instituted minimal visits in our physical office in order to promote social distancing and minimize the chance of spreading this contagion in our community. While we will continue to evaluate urgent patient care issues in our physical office, we are moving the majority of our patient visits to online platforms in order to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community.

If you are a new or established patient to our practice, our staff will reach out to you prior to your appointment date in order to confirm your appointment and help you set-up the online platform to proceed with the appointment. If you do require an evaluation in our physical office, our staff will help coordinate a date and time that works for you to ensure minimal patient flow through the office. Our phone lines and answering service will continue uninterrupted, and we will continue to have a physician on call 24/7 to address any urgent care needs.

Currently, Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley have postponed all elective cases up to 4/10/2020. Elective surgeries beyond this date are being evaluated on a week-by-week basis.

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