Tom Smith, MD is a medical oncologist and palliative care specialist with a lifelong interest in better symptom management, open and accurate communication, and improving access to high quality affordable care. He is the Director of Palliative Medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine, charged with integrating palliative care into all the Johns Hopkins venues. The hospital wide Palliative Care consult service sees over 1850 patients a year, runs multiple outpatient clinics, and has a growing research agenda with “Scrambler Therapy” for pain (Avon Foundation), peri-operative palliative care (PCORI), integrated palliative care for patients on Phase I drug trials (RO1), and communication. He used an ACS grant to study "ABH" gel for nausea, which led to the AAHPM Choosing Wisely statement and removal from most hospice formularies.
Dr. Smith has a long track record of starting innovative programs with concurrent evaluation of their impact on care and costs, including the Virginia Rural Cancer Outreach Program, the Thomas Palliative Care Program, the Virginia Initiative on Palliative Care, and the Rural Palliative Care Program, among others. They train 3-5 adult and pediatric HPM fellows yearly.