Dr. Sheila Smitherman

Dr. Sheila Smitherman

Neurosurgeon at Providence Medical Group - Southwest Washington Neurosurgery

Meet Dr. Sheila Smitherman

Dr. Sheila Smitherman is a board certified neurosurgeon in Olympia, Washington. Dr. Smitherman has primary expertise in degenerative spinal disorders and spinal column/spinal cord tumors. She treats a wide variety of spinal pathology, including cervical and lumbar disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, cervical/thoracic/lumbar spine fractures and trauma, and tumors of this region. Dr. Smitherman has experience and a special interest in treating patients with tumors of the spine and brain.

Dr. Smitherman completed her internship and neurosurgical residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Here, her work included surgery at a Level I trauma center, as well as, surgical treatment of spinal and brain tumors at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

She has published multiple peer-reviewed publications covering topics including spinal tumors, intraoperative spinal neuronavigation, and brain tumors, and has published textbook chapters on operative treatment of seizures. Dr. Smitherman has also lectured on a wide range of topics in neurosurgery including spinal tumors and their treatment, degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal trauma, and brain tumors.

Dr. Smitherman and her colleagues collaborate with fellow spine and brain surgeons across the Providence and Swedish Health Systems to provide prompt, high-quality care of patients in Western Washington.

Dr. Smitherman is a part of the team that makes up Providence Medical Group - Southwest Washington Neurosurgery.

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Olympia, WA

How Dr. Sheila Smitherman Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Benign Brain Tumors
  • Benign Spinal Tumors
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Disc Herniations
  • Malignant Brain Tumors
  • Malignant Spinal Tumors
  • Metastatic Brain Tumors
  • Metastatic Spine Tumors
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression


  • Brain Tumor Removal
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Fusion of Spine for Trauma
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery

Accolades for Dr. Sheila Smitherman

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuro-oncology
  • Washington State Medical Association

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Office Information for Dr. Sheila Smitherman

Additional Locations

St. Peter Hospital
413 Lilly Road N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
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Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.