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Marshfield - Marshfield Medical Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

Also sees patients at:
Weston Center

Appointment Phone:
1-715-387-5245

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Growing up in small-town Minnesota, Dr. Joshua Smith always thought he would become a veterinarian like his father. As he got older, he shifted his pursuit to combine helping and teaching others with his interests in science, research and surgery. Dr. Smith’s interest in otolaryngology took form during his first few months of medical school, even before he knew much about Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) as a specialty.

“I was involved in a research project with my anatomy department that involved the complex anatomy of the inner ear and its connections to the brain stem,” he said. “I thought this is just fascinating. This is what I want to do.”

Dr. Smith cares for patients who have balance disorders that cause symptoms like dizziness and vertigo. He also treats hearing impairments, rare diseases and tumors of the ear, side and bottom of the skull. This includes some problems which cause facial weakness or paralysis because those nerves run through the ear.

“Marshfield Clinic Health System is sort of the perfect marriage of small-town life, which my family loves and is used to, but also a health system that is large enough to have patients who need someone like me,” he said. “Otology is a broad subspecialty with a lot of complexity but I love all of it.”

One of the most rewarding aspects for Dr. Smith is helping someone regain their hearing. “Hearing is tied so closely to emotion and cognition,” he said. “It’s a very emotional experience for someone to suddenly have hearing restored.”

Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys the outdoors – rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, and winter and water sports. He and his wife Megan have been happily married since 2008 and have three children.

Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences Kansas City, MO, United States, D.O. 2012

    Residency
    Freeman Health System Joplin, MO, United States, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 2017

    Fellowship
    Silverstein Institute Sarasota, FL, United States, Otology Neurotology 2018

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4.7
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4.8
Provider's use of words I understood
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4.8
My confidence in this provider
4.8
My likelihood of recommending this provider

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