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About Dr. Charles R Smith

Dr. Charles R Smith, MD is a Doctor primarily located in La Jolla, CA. His specialties include Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Smith has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

27 Ratings with 8 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Charles R Smith is Good. Dr. Charles R Smith has been rated by 27 patients. From those 27 patients 8 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Charles R Smith is 3.3 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Scripps Green Hospital

10666 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dr. Charles R Smith has the following 2 specialties

  • Neurology

    A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
    Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
    In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.

  • Psychiatry

    A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
    He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
    Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
    Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Charles R Smith has the following 14 expertise

  • Electromyography
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Migraine Disorder
  • Stroke
  • Headache
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neurology
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Brain Injuries
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Migraine Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Diseases


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One Star

I chose Dr. Smith after reading his profile on the Scripps site. We waited for awhile because he was finishing up with another patient, which I don't mind, as long as he is willing to give me the same courtesy. He came in and started asking questions. Normal procedure. When I shared with him that I was experiencing 99% of the symptoms of MS, and added that I was not claiming I did, just stating the fact that I am now living with an overwhelming majority of the symptoms, he turned to me and said "Well, I don't think you do." I then asked "Well, what about {this symptom} ? What about {that one}?" This is what he quickly boiled it down to : Growing facial numbness = Too much Vitamin B6. So he ordered a blood test. It came out completely normal. Increasing, severe weakness and atrophy in arms and right leg = (get ready for this) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (!) He also very authoritatively told me that a hysterectomy didn't make any difference in a woman's sex life. Really?!?! Has he had one lately? I had one in 2000, and while my husband and I are doing fine, it certainly has made some difference for me. Enough said. I will not be revisiting Dr. Smith. Three strikes and you're out and he managed to hit all three (and more) on the first visit.

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Five Stars

Dr. Smith is an outstanding doctor and his staff is courteous and proficient. He spent a generous amount of time with me and listens. I am a difficult patient and I am grateful to have him and the fine Doctor that recommended him. Thanks also to the kind professionals at Scripps.

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Do not use this neurologist.

This doctor needs to watch the Movie "The Doctor" with William Hurt. In 14 years of a complex medical history with Scripps I was referred to Dr Smith. He is rude, arrogant, pompous and self centered. I'm not too sure if he actually read my medical record prior to examining me or just decided to "wing it". All the things I told him were in my record. And yet he said I "gave a rambling medical history"!!! If he took the time to read the electronic records he would not need to ask me anything about my past and only what I have experienced lately. He has not personally returned any of the 4 messages I have left for him and instead had his nurse call me with the message "he's too busy"!!!! He would do well to remember that for a patient to go to a specialist is a very daunting and stressful experience. And to be brushed off is totally unacceptable. I have already given the instructions to Scripps to get me another neurologist.

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Dr. Smith and his staff have been nothing but wonderful and helpful at helping me finally get some control over my MS flare - ups, that have been ruining my life for about the past 6 years. I seem to be on a road to rehab and recovery. They have me on the correct treatment plan and working with an amazing Physical Therapy Center.

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Five Stars

My visits with Doctor Smith have been very informative. He is a very caring person, and an excellent doctor. He keeps up with all the newest interventions and medications, so that he can suggest the very best treatment for his patients. Doctor Smith has been my doctor for three years. . I will admit He does not suffer fools well.

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly is America's trusted source for the identification of Top Doctors. Their physician-led research team reviews and screens the credentials of tens of thousands of physicians who are nominated by their peers annually, via a nationwide online process, before selecting those physicians who are regionally or nationally among the very best in their medical specialties. Castle Connolly believes strongly that Top Doctors Make a Difference™.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Smith is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Charles R Smith accepts the following insurance providers.

  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
    • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
    • Blue Cross CA California Care Large Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
    • Blue Cross CA Select HMO
    • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield California
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
    • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA CommunityCare Network HMO
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
    • Health Net CA PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
    • PHCS PPO Kaiser
  • UHC West
    • UHC SignatureValue Flex3
    • UHC West SignatureValue Alliance
    • UHC West SignatureValue HMO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Options PPO

Locations & Directions

Scripps Green Hospital, 10666 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA


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