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Thomas J. Smith, M.D.

The Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine Dr. Thomas Smith
Professor of Oncology
Director, Palliative Medicine


A medical oncologist and palliative care specialist with a lifelong interest in better symptom management, and improving access to high-quality affordable care, Dr.  Smith has a long track record of starting innovative programs with concurrent evaluation of their impact on care and costs, including the Rural Cancer Outreach Program, the Thomas Palliative Care Program and the Virginia Initiative on Palliative Care, among others. His group was the first to show improved care with substantial cost savings from coordinated rural-urban care and inpatient palliative care. Dr. Smith also has been influential within the oncology community for improving care at a cost society can afford. He maintains an active breast cancer practice.

Dr. Smith was awarded the national Humanism in Medicine Award in 2000. In June 2008, he received the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Statesman Award for continued service to oncology.  Among his many accomplishments, he has been recognized in “Best Doctors in America: Medical Oncology” for many years.

A graduate of the University of Akron, he received his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is in charge of integrating palliative care into all the Johns Hopkins venues.  

His seminar entitled One of Life's Most Important Conversations is scheduled for Session II: (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.).