Dr. Smith, who is certified by the American Board of Surgery, grew up in Demopolis, Alabama. He completed his B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of Alabama and obtained his M.D. degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Following an Internship in General Surgery, Dr. Smith completed his Surgery Residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham.
During his training, Dr. Smith was active in nutrition research, presenting his results at the Southern Medical Association annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas and the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was also active in development of the Trauma Service and “Life Saver” helicopter transport system at Carraway Methodist Medical Center where he served as Chief Surgery Resident.
In addition to being Board Certified in Surgery, Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Smith served at the state level on the American College of Surgeons as a member of its State Committee on Trauma and Committee on Applicants.
Dr. Smith is Fellow of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and member of the American Society of General Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery, Southern Medical Association, Medical Association of the State of Alabama and Cullman County Medical Society.
Dr. Smith has served in the following positions: Chief of Surgery and Chairman of the Quality Management Council at Cullman Regional Medical Center, Chief of Surgery and Vice Chief of Staff at Woodland Medical Center,Vice Chief of Staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center and Chief of Staff at Woodland Medical Center.
Dr. Smith is especially interested in surgical education. As a leader in the field of Thoracoscopic Chest Surgery, performing the first such videoscopic lung procedure in North Alabama in early 1991, Dr. Smith has been active in taking this technology to surgeons across the country. He has traveled to various major cities including Chicago, New York and Houston teaching other Chest Surgeons the technique of videoscopic lung surgery. In addition, Dr. Smith has extensive experience in other videoscopic procedures including laparoscopic gall bladder and anti-reflux procedures, hernia repair and appendectomy.
Dr. Smith is married to Sherrie. Dr. Smith has four children, Jim, Morgan, Hillary and Sage. During his free time he enjoys flying planes, playing the guitar, white water rafting and camping. Dr. Smith and his family have been in Cullman since 1987.