Alexander Smith, MD, MPH, MS
|School||School of Medicine|
|Address||4150 Clement St|
San Francisco CA 94121
|Phone||415-221-4810 ext. 4684|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.D.||2002|| Medicine|
|University of California, Berkeley||M.S.||1999|| School of Public Health|
|University of Michigan||BS||1996||Cellular and Molecular Biology|
|Harvard University||MPH||2005||School of Public Health|
|Brigham and Women's Hospital||Residency||2005||Primary Care Internal Medicine|
|Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute||Fellowship||2006||Palliative Medicine|
|Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center||Fellowship||2008||General Internal Medicine|
|Brigham and Women's Hospital||2004
||2005||Outstanding Resident Mentor Award|
|University of Michigan||1996||Phi Beta Kappa|
||2014||Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics|
|American Federation for Aging Research/NIA||2012
||2017||Paul Beeson Career Development Award In Geriatrics|
|Society of General Internal Medicine||2012
||2012||Best Paper of the Year Award|
|Annals of Internal Medicine||2012
|Medical Students in Aging Research||2013
||2013||Research Mentor of the Year|
|Project on Death in America ||2014
||2014||PDIA National Leadership Award|
|Reynolds Foundation ||2016
||2016||Eprognosis awarded Product of the Decade|
||2012||One of "50 Best Medical Professors on Twitter"|
Alexander Keliimoeanu O'Haleakala Smith was born in Hilo Hawaii. Sadly, his family moved to East Lansing, Michigan when he was 6 months old. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, though in sporting events he roots for both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Smith received his medical school training in the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) followed by two fellowships, a one-year clinical fellowship in Palliative Medicine at BWH and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, followed by a two-year General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, including an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Smith returned to UCSF in July 2008 as faculty in the Division of Geriatrics.
Dr. Smith's research is focused on improving quality of life and patient-physician communication for older adults, particularly those with a limited prognosis.
Dr. Smith has been funded by multiple National Institute on Aging Grants, including 2 R01s, Co-PI of a P01 Program Project, a K24, and a K23. He is a prior recipient of Beeson, SGIM/T Franklin Williams Scholar, Greenwall Faculty Scholar, NIA Diversity Supplement, and National Palliative Care Research Center awards.
Dr. Smith is co-founder of ePrognosis.org, an online compendium of prognostic calculators, and with Dr. Eric Widera, he co-founded GeriPal, a blog and podcast that provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas between the geriatrics and palliative care communities.
Dr. Smith is a Executive Editor at JAGS where he run the Junior Reviewer Program for early career faculty-researchers. Dr. Smith plays a major role in organizing the next generation of palliative care researchers through individual mentoring and participation in the Palliative Care Research Fellows Collaborative. He is Co-Director of the NIA funded T32 program.
From 2017-2019 Dr. Smith served as President of the UCSF Medical Alumni Association.