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Dr. Thomas Smith Appointed Director of Palliative Care

December 14, 2011

Thomas Smith, M.D.

Thomas Smith, M.D., has joined Johns Hopkins as the Director of Palliative Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Smith served as the Medical Director of the Thomas Palliative Care Program and the co-director of the Massey Cancer Center Cancer Control and Prevention Program at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

The goal of palliative care is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support for seriously ill individuals and their families, to enhance quality of life and minimize suffering. Smith, who is board certified in oncology palliative and hospice medicine, focuses on neuropathic pain, care at the end of life and cost issues in his research.

“Dr. Smith is one of the foremost leaders in the field of palliative care,” says Edward Miller, M.D., Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “His broad range of expertise in issues related to patients across the medical spectrum needing palliative care and his outstanding research and clinical care in the oncology setting will set apart our institution’s palliative care program.”

He also will hold the first Harry J. Duffey Family Professorship of Palliative Care in the Department of Oncology. According to William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, “Under Dr. Smith’s direction, the palliative care program will be an integral part of cancer care with a family-centered approach helping to coordinate services in the hospital, at home and in the community.”

Smith received his bachelor’s of science degree summa cum laude from the University of Akron and his medical degree cum laude from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He also was a special fellow in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute.