“I believe in spending adequate time to treat complex neurological disorders. I think that empowerment is the most valuable gift that any doctor can provide. An individual’s family and close friends play an important role in managing these disorders and in maximizing the quality of life.”

Board Certification

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neurology
  • Movement Disorders



Johns Hopkins University
Movement Disorders, Behavioral Neurology, and Neuropsychiatry
Baltimore, MD

University Hospitals Case Western Medical Center
Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry
Cleveland, OH


University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO


Mount Carmel Health
Internal Medicine
Columbus, OH

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Columbus, OH

Undergraduate School

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Hospital Affiliated With

Sinai Hospital

Professional Associations

American Neuropsychiatric Association
2012 – Present

Movement Disorders Society
2011 – Present


“Estimating severity of illness and disability in Frontotemporal Dementia: Preliminary analysis of the Dementia Disability Rating (DDR). ” Acta Neuropsychologica (2011).

“Computerized visual field defects in posterior cortical atrophy” Neurology (2011).

Academic Appointments

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Part-time
Movement Disorders
2012 – Present

Personal Interests

Dr. Smyth loves spending time in nature and with family and friends, enjoying and making music, and using yoga, meditation, exercise, and other activities to integrate the body and mind.


Shawn F. Smyth, M.D., is a movement disorder and behavioral neurology subspecialist in a solo practice, located on the campus of Sinai Hospital. He is also a part-time assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a neurology residency at the University of Colorado, fellowship in Movement Disorders at Johns Hopkins University, and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at University Hospitals Case Western Medical Center. Dr. Smyth’s interests include progressive brain disorders that affect behavior and movement, clinical assessments and ratings and patient-caregiver dyads.

Dr. Smyth volunteers as a member of the Physician Education Committee for CurePSP, whose mission is to provide awareness, education, care, and a cure for devastating Prime of Life neurodegenerative diseases. His involvement began in 2013 and continues to the present. Together they have compiled patient and care partner videos demonstrating these disorders and published a 50-minute videotaped lecture to improve physician awareness and management of PSP, CBS, and MSA.