Carthage neurosurgical clinic to provide local pre- and post-operative care

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CARTHAGE — A new Carthage Area Hospital clinic offers patients local pre- and post-operative neurosurgical care.

The Neurosurgical Clinic began seeing patients on Dec. 11, under experienced provider Jeffrey Smith, a physician assistant. The clinic is the result of collaboration between Carthage Area Hospital and the Upstate Brain and Spine Center in Syracuse.

“We are pleased that a well-known, respected local provider has joined our team to offer this additional outpatient service,” hospital CEO Rich Duvall said in a statement.

“Local residents can now avoid the stress of travel for pre- and post-operative neurosurgical care in experienced, compassionate hands.”

Mr. Smith previously practiced in Watertown.

In addition to outpatient pre- and post-operative care, Mr. Smith will also treat neck, back and spine pain, and review patients’ course of treatment up to and including surgery.

If surgery is recommended, Carthage patients are referred to the neurosurgical team at Upstate Brain and Spine.

“Our ultimate goal is to offer conservative measures before surgery. A local clinic setting is a convenient, less stressful environment where patients can be thoroughly evaluated for the best course of treatment,” Mr. Smith said in the statement.

“I am excited to join a great team and bring a needed service to the region.”

A Watertown native, Mr. Smith has worked in the medical field for over 25 years. He attended SUNY Albany and Le Moyne College in Syracuse to become a physician assistant.

His wife, Physician Assistant Milly Smith, has owned and operated QuikMed Urgent Care in Watertown since 2006.

The Neurosurgery Clinic is located with the hospital’s urology clinic in the Carthage Professional Building at 3 Bridge St. Mr. Smith sees patients locally each Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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