Dr. Smith was born and raised in South Minneapolis and lives there with his wife. His two sons are attending college. After high school, Dr. Smith attended Minnesota Outward Bound Survival School, earned his private pilot’s license, and completed a Twin Cities Marathon.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Philosophy B.A. in 1972 and an M.D. degree with Alpha Omega Alpha high honors in 1976. He was awarded a DeWitt Wallace, Readers Digest Traveling Medical Fellowship to volunteer in Madagascar in the spring of 1976. He assisted in surgery and clinics for ten weeks at the Ejeda Lutheran Mission Hospital near Tulear, Madagascar, and at the Manambaro Lutheran Mission Hospital near Fort Dauphin, Madagascar.
He backpacked for six weeks through parts of Africa, including Senegal, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, the Congo, South Africa, and Tanzania, where he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He concluded this adventure by traveling from Madagascar through Kenya, Ethiopa, Sudan, the Sahara desert, and down the Nile to Cairo, Egypt, then through Europe.
Dr. Smith completed nine years of surgical residency training. He finished General Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in 1982, Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee in 1984, and completed a Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mecom Microsurgery Institute in Houston Texas in 1985.
Dr. Smith passed his General Surgery boards in 1983 and his Plastic Surgery boards in 1986. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 2000 to 2005, and an organizer and the treasurer of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has made several trips to Madagascar and New Guinea to perform volunteer reconstructive surgery for cleft lips and palates, hand injuries, and burn scars.
Dr. Smith loves being a plastic surgeon helping make people’s lives significantly better. He feels blessed to be helpful. Beside Plastic Surgery, his interests are his wife, kids, church, Brittany Spaniel dogs, lawn care, cooking, baking bread, home brewed cider and beer, family history, and sailing Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands and northern Minnesota near Ely. His family and kids are the most important parts of his life.
Dr. Smith is a member of the following professional societies:
- Alpha Omega Alpha – Honor Medical Society
- American College of Surgeons – FACS
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons – ASPS
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – ASAPS
- American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities – AAAASF
- Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons, inc. – MSPS
Dr. Smith has plastic surgery privileges at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Proudly since 1989 nearly all cosmetic surgery has been performed at our very specialized AAAASF accredited on-site plastic surgery office OR facility. To keep a narrow focus, Dr. Smith does absolutely only Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. To meet with Dr. Smith to discuss your individual situation, call (952) 922-0895
and ask to schedule a free morning consultation.