Saksith Smithason joins Southeastern Spine and Pain

Saksith Smithason

LUMBERTON — Dr. Saksith Smithason has joined Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Spine and Pain.

He will practice alongside Dr. Virgilio Matheus and Nurse Practitioner Josh Freeman.

A native of Thailand, Smithason completed medical school at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in Thailand. He completed neurological surgery residencies at Prasart Neurological Institute in Thailand in 2005 and at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2016. He completed a research fellowship in 2009, clinical fellowship in 2010, and a clinical fellowship in epilepsy surgery in 2014, all at Cleveland Clinic.

“Dr. Smithason’s training at the world-renown Cleveland Clinic will enable him to provide surgery for those epilepsy patients in need of intervention that, until now, we were unable to care for,” Matheus said. “He is also well trained in brain tumor surgeries, brain bleeds or strokes, surgery for hydrocephalus as well as minimally-invasive spine surgery.”

“My philosophy of care is that I would take care of everybody like they are my family,” said Smithason. “I am happy to take care of the people of Lumberton and the surrounding area.”

He and his wife, Dr. Chompunut Asava-aree, a vascular medicine physician, have one child.

Southeastern Spine and Pain is located at Southeastern Health Park at 4901 Dawn Drive. To schedule an appointment or for information, call 910-671-9298.

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