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Philip  W.  Smith,  MD

Endocrine Surgery

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 800709, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0679
Phone: 434.924.0376 Fax: 434.924.1128

Training & Certification


University of Virginia School of Medicine (Surgery)


Columbia University, New York, NY (Endocrine Surgery)

  • American Board of Surgery

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Thyroid Nodule/Mass, Thyroid Goiter, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroglossal Duct Cyst, Grave’s Disease, Parathyroid Adenoma, Parathyroid Hyperplasia, Hypercalcemia due to Hyperparathyroidism, Parathyroid Cancer, Functional and Non-Functional Adrenal Nodule/Mass, Adrenal Cancer, Hyperaldosteronism, Conn’s Syndrome, Cushing’s Disease, Pheochromocytoma, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndromes (MEN), Functional Pancreatic Mass, Insulinoma, Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors, General Abdominal Surgery (including gallbladder disease and surgery of hernia), Endocrine Surgery (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal)

Special Expertise:

Surgical treatment of disease of the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, and adrenal glands using minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic and robot-assisted. Thyroid and parathyroid surgery using either general or local anesthesia.

Research Interest:

Improved accuracy and efficiency of the clinical and radiographic workup of diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas., Results of surgical treatment for diseases of the endocrine system



Dr. Smith was born and raised in Fauquier County VA. He attended the University of Virginia for college, medical school, and general surgery residency. During his general surgery residency, he also completed a two-year postgraduate research fellowship at the University of Virginia. He went to Columbia University in New York to further specialize in endocrine surgery. Following his endocrine surgery fellowship, he returned to join the faculty at the University of Virginia as Assistant Professor of Surgery. 

Dr. Smith specializes in endocrine surgery treating diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, as well as the endocrine pancreas. He uses minimally invasive techniques whenever appropriate for the patient. He performs some thyroid and parathyroid procedures using local anesthetic and performs some thyroid and parathyroid procedures on an outpatient basis. He is also a member of the melanoma multidisciplinary treatment team and manages melanoma and other skin cancers.



  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Skip Warren Chief Resident Teaching and Leadership Award
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Eagle Scout

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