Ron Smith, MD Biography and Curriculum Vitae
I was born in 1958 to fine parents, who, despite our lack, raised me with strong character convictions. By age 4 their vision for a better life had planted in me a vision to become a doctor. Though a good student in high school, I was not among those who excelled. Still my dream drove me. I became quite serious academically near the end of my junior year.
Having already accumulated almost all the class credits needed to graduate, I received excellent marks when I took my senior English between my junior and senior high school years. I graduated before my senior year and went on to a home-town state-supported college. I majored in Chemistry and minored in Biology and finished Cum Laude four years later with a 3.73 GPA. My application to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences had been accepted along with only two other classmates.
I matriculated into medical school immediately following college and completed my medical doctorate four years later. My interest in Pediatrics became intense at the end of my third year, and I spent my senior medical school year almost entirely in rotations at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a nationally well-known hospital and Pediatric residency training facility.
Upon medical school graduation, I was accepted at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Medical College Department of Pediatrics residency program. Three years later, after successfully attaining my residency certificate, I moved to El Dorado, Arkansas and started solo Pediatric practice. During the six and a half years there, my general Pediatrics practice also included level 3 neonatal intensive care. I cared for some 60 to 70 premature infants from birth to discharge, with the smallest weighing only 1 pound 13 ounces.
Because of my practice with neonates, I was one of the study participants for the use of the first lung surfactants, Exosurf. This truly changed the outlook for care of premature babies. During my residency I had worked in the Eastern Oklahoma Perinatal Center, a very busy 45 bed neonatal referral center in St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa. The mortality rate there was over 30 percent. Today, primarily because of lung surfactant, premies fair much, much better and experience less of the devastating secondary consequences of their early delivery.
Fairly overworked by my care of early babies, I moved my family and practice to Decatur, Texas. There I was the sole Pediatrician in Wise county population about 25,000. We lived there 5 years before eventually moving to Fayetteville where my practice started. In 2001, my partner and I opened the McDonough clinic and in 2005 we opened the Hampton clinic.
It was during the end of high school that I met Stacy, my wife. We married in 1977, my junior year in college. It turned out to be my best year of academic performance with straight A’s. Stacy is one of the best decisions that I ever made and I love her now more than ever! She worked and I studied in medical school.
Andrea, our firstborn, came in the second year of Pediatric residency. Laura came about three years later. Andrea went on to receive a degree in professional illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Laura suffers from a severe handicap and though we celebrated her 21st birthday in 2008, she lives with us and Stacy and I care for her still as we would a 3-month-old infant. We dearly love our girls.
Having married at the end of 2007, Andrea and Eric, welcomed Harrison Travis on November 30th of 2008. He’s our first grandchild and the newest of their one or two more we hope to grandparent in the next few years!
A Heart Is For Children
Over the course of our first 25 years, Stacy and I have treated thousands of children in mobile make-shift clinics all over the world. We’ve been to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, India, and multiple times to Kyrgyzstan sharing our professional skills with some of the poorest and dearest people who live there. You can see pictures of some of the patients we’ve treated on this web site.
Stacy even went to nursing school several years after Laura was born so that she could properly care for the people we saw. Though we haven’t done any foreign clinics in many years we never forgot our experiences. We loved caring for people of little or no means.
Besides my medical practice, I’m very technically adept with computers. I designed the patient information system that allowed us to operate three practice locations in Fayetteville, McDonough, and Hampton. I plan to continue to leverage those skills in order to facilitate better and faster care of the children we see.
I was the lone physician present at the pharmacy board meeting which hammered out the legislative draft that became Georgia Senate Bill 179. This bill allowed prescriptions to be transmitted electronically to pharmacies. It represented a true technological advance in how primary care patients are cared for. My current software projects will improve patient direct access to physicians through their medical record and through the internet. The day is coming and very soon will be when patients will log on to there computer, connect to their child’s medical record securely, and leave and receive communications for their physician.
Our practice will continue to be at the forefront of all patient networking technologies, you can be sure. Look for us at the forefront of technical patient advances.