Adam P. Smith, MD, FAANS is a board certified neurosurgeon and Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute is his business providing neurosurgical information to the community. He is committed to the wellness of the patients he treats. Dr. Smith uses minimally invasive surgical approaches for the brain and spine, and uses the most up-to-date neuroimaging, surgical navigation, robotic and artificial intelligence modalities.

Van Gogh’s Temporal Lobe

Van Gogh’s Temporal Lobe

Many of the most famous painters of all time have come from the Netherlands.  Rembrandt, Vermeer… and of course Vincent Van Gogh. Having started painting at the age of 27, Van Gogh died at 37 years old.  He created about 2,100 works, with most in the last two years of his life. Possibly his most…

Understanding Your Cervical MRI

Understanding Your Cervical MRI

We’ve previously published a blog on the lumbar spine years ago. “Understanding your MRI of the Lumbar Spine”. The cervical sequel is late but at least it showed up to the party. Cervical spine arthritic degeneration results from increased mechanical stressors passing through the cervical spinal column, resulting in bone spur formation (uncovertebral spurring) and…

"Brain Clouds" in 2021

“Brain Clouds” in 2021

Have you ever seen the movie Joe Versus the Volcano? The 1990 comedy, at the infancy of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s dynamic duo-ship, was about the hypochondriac Joe Banks and his dreary lackluster life. He sees a quack doctor, Dr. Ellison, who diagnoses him with a, “Brain Cloud”. What is a “Brain Cloud” you…

How a Colorado Skull Impacted Injury Law

How a Colorado Skull Impacted Injury Law

You may have heard of people being “thick-skinned”?  These people seem impervious to criticism. However you likely have never heard of anyone being “thin-skulled”, unless you live around Cripple Creek, near Colorado Springs.  Here resides the cranium that has forever changed injury legal matters nationwide. On Christmas night in 1901, a goldminer stopped in a…

Structural Brain Changes in Athletes Even Without Contact

Structural Brain Changes in Athletes Even Without Contact

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has recently been highlighted in professional sports, like football, as a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries. It is now also being suspected in boxing, hockey, soccer, rugby, etc…, and even youth sports. While it still remains controversial, both significant or seemingly innocuous impacts could have a major cumulative effect…

The Perception of Neurosurgery

The Perception of Neurosurgery

The vast majority of Americans feel correctly informed by the media, whether through reading or watching television.  More than 80% of people think the press ensures its consumers have the knowledge to be informed.  However, in recent analyses, only about 9% of Americans surveyed, “showed an understanding” of basic healthcare.  And while 96% of people…