Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Dr. David Smolar attended Emory University for his undergraduate studies. He returned to Emory to earn his Master of Science in chemistry, researching therapeutics that modulate post-stroke inflammatory damage. David also worked as a chemist for an Atlanta biotech company producing biologically friendly methods to recycle paper. David earned his doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. His clinical interests in neurosurgery are broad, but he is considering specializing in spine surgery. His research interests lie in improving care for patients with neurotrauma and closed head injuries.