WORK CAPACITY & DISABILITY EVALUATION CENTER
His neurosurgical areas of expertise include general neurosurgery with a special interest in spinal surgery and spinal instrumentation. Dr. Smith obtained his neurosurgical training in the military at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Also while in the military service included tours in the Republic of Vietnam and Desert Storm. Now a retired member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, he held the rank of Colonel. He has been accepted as an expert witness in the area of neurosurgery by the Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation Court, Louisiana District Court, and Federal District Court.
He has been licensed to practice as a physical therapist assistant since 2003. He earned an associate of applied science degree in physical therapist assistant from Bossier Parish Community College in 2003. He has specialized in functional capacity testing and work conditioning since 2003, and he is a certified ergonomic assessment specialist. He is an loyal fan of LSU Athletics.
He attended medical school at Louisiana State University and completed his internship at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed his Fellowship of Hand Surgery at the University of Louisville. After serving in our armed forces, Dr. McAlister opened practice here in Shreveport/Bossier where he has been for the past 35 years. Additionally, Dr. McAlister is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is also a founding member of the Southeastern Surgical Hand Club.
He is a service disabled Gulf War U.S. Army Veteran. He has been licensed to practice physical therapy by the Louisiana State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners since 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1993, a master’s degree in health sciences from Louisiana State University Medical in 1998, and a doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Institute of Physical Therapy in 2007. He obtained added qualification as a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist in 2002, board certified disability analyst, certified functional capacity examiner, certified medical examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and a diplomate (pending exam) of the American Board of Vocational Experts. He has been accepted as an expert witness in the areas of functional capacity testing and orthopaedic physical therapy by the Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation Court, Louisiana District Court, and Federal District Court.