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Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Invasive cardiology; coronary heart disease; preventive cardiology; valvular heart disease; cardiac rehabilitation.


Dr. Smith is an active clinical cardiologist and clinical researcher. He is a world-recognized expert on developing national and international guidelines for assessment of cardiovascular risk and for treatment of cardiovascular disorders including hypertension, cholesterol abnormalities, and acute coronary syndromes.

At UNC, he performs invasive cardiology procedures to assist with the management of a broad variety of cardiovascular problems, including coronary heart disease and valvular heart disease.

He also sees outpatients at UNC for the treatment of coronary heart disease and valvular heart disease and is an attending physician for cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr. Smith is a past president of the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation. He has served as a senior advisor to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and has been honored numerous times for his important contributions to address the impact of cardiovascular disease. His many awards include the Eugene H. Drake Memorial Award (American Heart Association, 2003), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Award of Special Recognition (2003), the Joseph Stokes Award (American Society for Preventive Cardiology, 2013), the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2013), International Teaching Award, Brazilian Society of Cardiology (2014), the Ron Haddock AHA/ASA International Impact Award (2015), the James B. Herrick Award (American Heart Association, 2016), American Heart Association Chairman’s Award (2016), the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology, 30th Anniversary Outstanding Contributions Award (2019), and the World Heart Federation Lifetime Achievement Award (2019).

Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored close to 500 published papers and chapters and has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, JAMA Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology.

Each year since 1998, Dr. Smith has been elected to Best Doctors in America.

Education and Training

  • Medical SchoolYale University
  • ResidencyBrigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • FellowshipBrigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Board Certified Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified Cardiovascular Disease
  • Former Faculty PositionsHarvard Medical School; University of Colorado Medical School; University of California-San Diego
  • Chief, Division of CardiologyUNC-Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number

    919-966-5202 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    6031 Burnett-Womack Building

    Chapel Hil, NC 27599-7075