Robert B. Smith, III, Visiting Professorship

Dr. Robert Smith, III

Distinguished vascular surgeon Robert B. Smith, III, MD, combined administrative roles with clinical duties throughout a notable, Emory-based career that spanned almost four decades. He received his MD from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1957, completed his general surgery residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1965, and joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Emory in 1966, participating in Georgia's first successful renal transplant shortly thereafter with Dr. Garland Perdue.

After serving as Chief of the Surgical Service at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1969-1988, Dr. Smith was honored with the Distinguished Service Award of the Association of VA Surgeons. From 1984-1998, he was Chief of the Emory Vascular Service. By the time he retired in August 2006, Dr. Smith had served 11-years as Medical Director of Emory University Hospital and 15-years as Associate Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Throughout his career Dr. Smith held a variety of organizational memberships, including serving presidential terms for the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery-North American Chapter, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Georgia Surgical Society and the Atlanta Vascular Society. He published 218 scientific articles and book chapters, co-edited four textbooks, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Surgery.

The Robert B. Smith, III, Visiting Professorship was inaugurated in 2006 to honor Dr. Smith's many years of impressive service to his chosen field, to the Emory community, and to his patients and students.

Speakers, Robert B. Smith, III, Professorship, 2006 – To Date





Vivian Gahtan, MD

– Professor of Surgery and Chair, Department of Surgery, Loyola Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Peripheral Arterial Disease – Is There a Difference Between Men and Women?


Amy B. Reed, MD

– Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University of Minnesota
– Director, Vascular Health Center, Fairview Health Services
– President, Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery

Vascular Training: Evolution and Revolution


Thomas F. Dodson, MD

– Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

The Outnumbered Male


Alan B. Lumsden, MD

Houston Methodist & Weill Cornell Medical College:
– Walter W. Fondren III Distinguished Endowed Chair, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
– Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
– Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
– Full Clinical Member, Research Institute

Advanced Imaging in the Operating Room: Next Surgical Revolution


James Stanley, MD

– Marion and David Handleman Professor of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School
– Founding Director, Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, University of Michigan Health System

Recognition and Surgical Treatment of Arterial Disease in Children


Luke Brewster, MD, PhD, Yazan Duwayri, MD, Ravi Rajani, MD, Susan Shafii, MD, Ravi Veeraswamy, MD

Emory vascular surgeons that gave short presentations honoring Dr. Smith

Carotid Artery Therapy? You've Got to Talk to Bob, uhhh…Dr. Robert Smith


Ruth L. Bush, MD, JD, MPH

– Interim Vice Dean, Bryan-College Station Campus, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Law & Order: Medical Intent


David Nelson Ku, MD, PhD

– Regents' Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence P. Huang Chair Professor for Engineering Entrepreneurship, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

Hemodynamics for Surgeons


Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD

– Surgeon-in-Chief, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
– Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Engineered Biomaterials for Repair and Regeneration


Robert M. Zwolak, MD, PhD

– Professor of Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School
– Chief of Surgery, White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT
– Director, Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Healthcare Reform: A Surgeon's Perspective


Sir Peter Bell, MD, FRCS (Doctor of Science)

– Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Leicester
– Honorary Consultant Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester, NHS Trust

Vascular Surgery: The Future


Thomas W. Wakefield, MD

– S. Martin Lindenauer Professor of Vascular Surgery
– Professor and Head, Section of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan

VTE Treatment with Traditional and New Anticoagulants and Aggressive Therapies


G. Patrick Clagett, MD

– Professor and Chairman, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Old and New Uses for the Femoral-Popliteal (Deep Vein) Vein


K. Wayne Johnstone, MD

– Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, R. Fraser Elliott Chair in Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Does Industry Influence the Publication of Clinical Results?


««return to top