Stephen T. Smith, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgery

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Dr Stephen T Smith - Vascular Surgery

Dr. Smith is a vascular surgeon and a founding partner of Peak Heart & Vascular. Dr. Smith is board-certified in vascular surgery and has advanced training in endovascular and minimally invasive vascular surgery. His expertise and teaching excellence has been recognized and awarded. Dr. Smith started the ACGME-accredited Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital and serves as the Program Director.

After receiving his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2001, Dr. Smith completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Smith was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern and the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Smith and his family moved to Phoenix in 2010, and he has been working to advance Vascular Surgery in the Valley. He is involved in leadership at Honor Health and was the Founding Chair of the Amputation Prevention Center across the network. Dr. Smith is also actively involved in the education and training of surgical residents at Valleywise/Creighton University and has received multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Smith has advanced training and a special interest in the endovascular treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and lower extremity peripheral arterial disease. He performed academic research in the area of deep venous thrombosis and has extensive experience in its minimally invasive treatment. Dr. Smith has extensive experience in the treatment of all aspects of venous disease, including varicose veins. He was selected to be a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is an active member of this organization and the Society of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Surgery in the specialties of General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Smith is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.


  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, 2001

Residency & Fellowship

  • General Surgery Residency, UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas.
  • Vascular Surgery Fellowship, UT Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • MacDonald Wood Golden Scalpel Award “Excellence in Teaching”, 2019-2020
  • Department of Surgery Maricopa Medical Center, 2019-2020
  • Excellence in Clinical Education Award, General Surgery Program
  • Maricopa Integrated Health Services, 2012 – 2013
  • Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Resident Teaching, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 2008
  • NIH Clinical Scholars Program (K12), UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Department of Clinical Sciences, 2008
  • Academic Achievement Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Surgery, 2003
  • Academic Achievement Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Surgery, 2002
  • Hudson-Penn Award for Outstanding Performance, in Clinical Surgery, 2001


  • Stephen T. Smith MD, Frank R.Arko MD. Repair of Infrarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. ACS Surgery, Principles & Practice. 2007
  • Stephen T. Smith MD, G. Patrick Clagett. Pulmonary Thromboembolism. Current Surgical Therapy. 9th edition 2007
  • Stephen T. Smith MD, R. James Valentine, MD. Arterial Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Vascular Surgery, Rutherford 7th edition

JOURNALS (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Smith ST, Scott DJ, Burdick JS, Rege RV, Jones DB. Laparoscopic Marsupialization and Hemisplenectomy for Splenic Cysts. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2001 Aug;11(4):243-9.
  2. Smith ST, Clagett GP. Commentary. Human thrombin for treatment of pseudoaneurysms: comparison of bovine and human thrombin sonogram-guided injection. Perspect Vasc Surg Endovasc Ther. 2006 Sep;18(3):267-8
  3. Smith ST. Commentary. Comparison of fixed-dose weight-adjusted unfractionated heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin for acute treatment of venous thromboembolism. Perspect Vasc Surg Endovasc Ther. 2007 Sep;19(3):338-9.
  4. Arko FR, Davis CM 3rd, Murphy EH, Smith ST, Timaran CH, Modrall JG, Valentine RJ, Clagett GP. Aggressive percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy of deep venous thrombosis: early clinical results. Ann Vasc Surg 2007 Jun;142(6):513-8
  5. Smith ST, Clagett GP, Arko FR. Endovascular conversion with femorofemoral bypass as a treatment of endotension and aneurysm sac enlargement. J Vasc Surg. J Vasc Surg 2007;45:395-8
  6. Arko FR, Davis C, Smith ST et al. Dynamic geometry and wall thickness of the aortic neck of abdominal aortic aneurysms with intravascular ultrasonography. J Vasc Surg 2007 Nov;46(5):891-6.
  7.  Timaran, CH, Rosero EB, Valentine RJ, Modrall JG, Smith ST, Clagett GP. Accuracy and utility of three-dimensional contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography in planning carotid stenting. J Vasc Surg 2007; 46(2):257-264.
  8. Dineen S, Smith ST, Arko FR. Successful Percutaneous Angioplasty and Stenting of The Radial Artery in a Patient with Chronic Upper Extremity Ischemia and Digital Gangrene. J Endovasc Ther. 2007 Jun;14(3):426-8.
  9. Arko FR, Davis CM 3rd, Murphy EH, Smith ST, Timaran CH, Modrall JG, Valentine RJ, Clagett GP. Aggressive percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy of deep venous thrombosis: early clinical results. Arch Surg. 2007 Jun;142(6):513-8.
  10. Smith ST, Clagett GP. Femoral vein harvest for vascular reconstructions: Pitfalls and tips for success. Semin Vasc Surg 2008; 21:35-40.
  11. Timaran CH, Rosero EB, Smith ST, Valentine RJ, Modrall JG, Clagett GP. Trends and outcomes of concurrent carotid revascularization and coronary bypass. J Vasc Surg 2008; 48(2):355-360
  12. Modrall JG, Rosero EB, Smith ST, Arko FR 3rd, Valentine RJ, Clagett GP, Timaran CH. Operative mortality for renal artery bypass in the United States: Results from the National Inpatient Sample. J Vasc Surg 2008; 48(2):317-322
  13. Smith ST, CH Timaran, Valentine RJ, Rosero EB, Clagett GP, Arko FR. Percutaneous Access for endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: can selection criteria be expanded? Ann Vasc Surg 2008:1-6.
  14. Valentine RJ, Timaran CH, Modrall GJ, Smith ST, Arko FR, Clagett GP. Secondary Aortoenteric fistulas versus paraprosthetic erosions: is bleeding associated with a worse outcome? J Am Coll Surg 2008; 207(6):922-927 
ABSTRACTS (Peer Reviewed)
  1. Eastman AE, West A, Friese R, Clagett GP and Smith ST. Bedside IVC filters in the ICU: A novel approach is safe and cost effective. Presented at the North Texas American College of Surgeons, Dallas, TX 2009
  2. Smith ST, Timaran CH, Valentine RJ et al. Percutaneous Access for EVAR: Can Selection Criteria Be Expanded? Presented at Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Naples, FL, 2008
  3. Smith ST, Timaran CH, Arko FR et al. Neoaortoiliac System (NAIS) for Failed Aortic Reconstructions: A Durable Solution in Young Patients. Presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery, Denver, CO, 200
Based on 57 reviews
Els A.
Els A.
Thanks to Dr Smith my husband is no longer popping pain killers like candy. I wish that someone had educated us as to when to go to a vascular surgeon. Although other specialties are allowed to do the supposedly same surgery they do not have the same training and cannot provide the same pain relief. We've been cussing Doctors for years cause of my husband's daily pain. Doctors, do the right thing for your patients and your profession - send the patient to a vascular surgeon like Dr Smith. Don't be greedy.
Elizabeth V.
Elizabeth V.
Everyone is great and professional in this office.
Patrick B.
Patrick B.
Danielle did a great job on my ultrasound! Everyone at the practice are so professional
A new patient with extreme leg pain. Dr Smith squeezed me in. Short wait in lobby. Although he determined that my pain wasn’t caused by my veins the whole experience was excellent care and communication.
Michael P.
Michael P.
Very professional, attentive and caring. Glad to have. Him as my vascular surgeon.
Chris B.
Chris B.
The appointment was on time and the procedure was done quickly and professionally.
Janice L.
Janice L.
Friendly staff. Reasonable wait times. Dr. Smith took time to explain my condition and treatment.
James P.
James P.
Extremely professional a very caring Doctor regarding your vascular issueI would highly recommend him to anyone that has medical issues
Mary P.
Mary P.
Dr Stephen Smith is an awesome Dr and fantastic Surgeon I had Carotid Artery surgery 2/1/2 weeks ago and feel great. He's a very knowledgeable, smart man, very professional. Anyway I would for sure recommend him , your in good hands👏. And the office staff couldn't be nicer.
Bob S.
Bob S.
Excellent! Everyone was intelligent, articulate, and patient oriented. I am extremely impressed.