Jodi Smith, MD

Jodi Smith, MD

Neurosurgery Indianapolis, IN

Section Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

Office Address

  • 702 Barnhill Dr
    Suite 1134
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Phone: (317) 274-8852

Jodi Smith, MD

Neurosurgery Indianapolis, IN

Section Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health


  • Dr. Jodi L. Smith is an academic Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Smith’s clinical interests include pediatric epilepsy surgery, brain and spinal cord tumors, brain and spinal cord congenital malformations, hydrocephalus, myelodsyplasia, craniofacial disorders, and Moyamoya syndrome. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. in Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine for her doctoral dissertation studies on “Neurulation.” Dr. Smith subsequently completed medical school and residency training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Utah, as well. Following residency, Dr. Smith completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Smith joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2000 and became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children in 2006. In November 2009, she had the distinct honor of becoming the first John E. Kalsbeck Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children. Her career is dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of Pediatric Neurosurgery, including patient care, education, and research, and she treats all neurosurgical problems in children. She delights in caring for her patients and their families, as well as teaching medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, and other physicians (e.g., primary care physicians and pediatric neurologists) about pediatric neurosurgical problems. She is involved in basic science research studies on pediatric epilepsy and collaborates on other clinical research projects, with the aim of increasing general understanding of disease processes and, ultimately, improving neurosurgical care of children in Indiana and throughout the world.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Neurosurgery: Pediatric
  • Clinical Interests: Action Potentials; Cerebral Revascularization; Traffic Accidents; Neurosurgical Procedures; Moyamoya Disease; Age Factors; Air Pollutants; Agricultural Workers' Diseases

Education & Medical Training

  • Children's Hosp Boston
  • University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Weber State College

Certifications & Licensure

  • IN State Medical LicenseIN State Medical License2000 - 2015
  • American Board of Neurological SurgeryNeurological Surgery, 2004

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • AOA Honor Medical SocietyUniversity of Utah School of Medicine, 1992-present, 2012
  • 39 Red Shoes Awards2005-2012, 2012
  • Indianapolis’ Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, Ltd, 2012

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy in Children.  Smith JL, Physician’s Practice, pp. A4-A7
  • Surgical Management of Pediatric Epilepsy.  Smith JL, Riley Today: A video journal for primary care physicians. Vol. VIII, No. III
  • Long-term outcome in children with moyamoya syndrome following cranial revascularization by pial synangiosis.  Scott RM, Smith JL, Robertson RL, Madsen JR, Soriano SG, Rockoff MA, J Neurosurg (Pediatrics 2);100:142-149

Books/Book Chapters

  • Seminars in Cerebrovascular Diseases and Stroke. Chapter: Treatment of moyamoya syndrome in children Page 225 - 239
    Smith JL, Scott, RM
    Editors: Roach S, Biller J.WB Saunders, Philadelphia
  • Current Topics in Developmental Biology. Chapter: Getting organized: New insights into the organizer of higher vertebrates Page 79 - 110
    Smith JL, Schoenwolf GC
    Editors: Pedersen RA, Schatten GP.Academic Press, New York
  • Control of morphogenesis by specific cell behaviors. Chapter: Epithelial cell wedging: A fundamental cell behavior contributing to hinge point formation during epithelial morphogenesis Page 325 - 334
    Schoenwolf GC, Smith JL
    Editors: Keller RE, Fristrom D.WB Saunders, London


  • Intraoperative monitoring during surgical treatment for moyamoya disease: A case presentation. Faust S, Smith JL, Utterback S, Wolfe SA, Brown SL, ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • Cyst-ventricle stent as primary or salvage treatment for posterior fossa arachnoid cysts: Report of three cases and review of the literature. Fulkerson DH, Vogel TD, Baker AS, Patel NB, Ackerman LL, Smith JL, Boaz JC, American Association of Neurological Surgeon’s Pediatric Neurosurgery Section Meeting, Cleveland, OH
  • Yield of skeletal surveys in children ≤18 months with isolated skull fractures. Hopkins AD, Hicks RA, Smith JL, Laskey AL, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia


  • Management of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children. Lifeline Neonatal-Pediatric Transport Conference – Clarian Health, Indianapolis, IN
  • Orientation to Gross Brain. Multiple Locations, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Gross Brain: Surface Vasculature, Cranial Nerves. Multiple Locations, 2004, 2005, 2006


Professional Memberships

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Anthem Blue Access PPO
  • Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
  • AvMed Health Open Access
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Florida BlueCare HMO
  • BCBS Florida NetworkBlue
  • BCBS Florida Preferred Patient Care PPO
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Coventry Florida - Employer Group PPO
  • First Choice
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Health Net Oregon PPO
  • HealthLink PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Providence Health System Personal Option
  • Sagamore Health Plus
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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