Title: Professor of Surgery
Company: University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States
R. Stephen Smith, Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medical Education.
Dr. Smith has been a professor of clinical surgery at the University of Florida since 2015, and a surgeon at the affiliated Shands Hospital. He has also served the Palmetto Richland Hospital and Palmetto Health since 2012. Dr. Smith has led a prolific career in several prestigious medical schools, and won a 2014 Best Teacher Award from the University of South Carolina. He also served to the rank of captain with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps from 1981 to 2006, and earned several military decorations.
An alumnus of Arkansas Tech University, Dr. Smith earned a BS in biology and went on to a Health Professions Scholarship Award from the U.S. Navy, which allowed him to earn a MD from the University of Arkansas in 1981. He entered the military while serving as a resident in general surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and was a trauma and surgical critical care fellow of the St. Mary Medical Center and Dignity Health. In 1987, Dr. Smith became a surgeon at the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan, and later served in the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California from 1989 to 1994. After his service there, he took up a post as clinical assistant professor of surgery with the Uniformed Services University, which transitioned into a teaching and surgical career in the private sector.
Among notable medical facilities, Dr. Smith has served with the Highland Department of Emergency Medicine, within the Veterans Affairs hospitals, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, the Temple University School of Medicine, and the University of South Carolina. He won a 1998 J. Bradley Aust Award from the Western Surgical Association, and among his many decorations are a 1994 Meritorious Service Medal, a 1991 Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, and a 1989 Humanitarian Service Ribbon. He has also served numerous medical societies, and is a past chair of the ultrasound users group of the American College of Surgeons. He was on the board of directors of the Western Trauma Association from 2014 to 2017.
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