Title: Surgeon, Educator
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
J. Marvin Smith III, MD, surgeon and educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in heart surgery.
Dr. Smith was inspired to pursue the medical field by the influence of his father, John M. Smith Jr., a family practice doctor who started his practice in San Antonio, Texas upon his return from World War II. Likewise, the year Dr. Smith’s interest in heart surgery was fueled by the milestone made by his mentor, Dr. Cooley, who performed the first human heart transplant in North America, which was featured on the front cover of Life Magazine. In 1972, he obtained a Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University. Subsequently, Dr. Smith served as an intern and resident in surgery at the University of Texas Southwest Medical School between 1971 and 1977, as well as a resident in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Texas Heart Institute from 1977 to 1979.
A diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Smith serves as the owner of Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in treating patients suffering from various stages of cardiovascular disease by performing general thoracic surgery, open-heart surgery, coronary bypass surgery, and valve replacement. He is also a founding director of TexSan Heart Hospital, a past board manager for the Bexar County Hospital District, and is a tenured clinical professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In addition, he is the past chairman of the board of directors for the Texas Ranger Association Foundation and is an emeritus director with the San Antonio Medical Foundation. Notably, Dr. Smith has served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, from which he holds an Air Force Commendation Medal. In five years’ time, he hopes to contribute educationally somewhere and to continue teaching both allopathic and osteopathic medicine, as well as to see students asking questions and eager to learn.
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