Co-Principal Investigator, FIRST
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and core faculty National Study Center for Trauma & EMS. He has a medical degree (MB,ChB –MD equivalent) from Otago University, New Zealand, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. An internationally renowned scientist, he has received widespread recognition for his methodological expertise in injury research, especially in the development of injury surveillance systems, alcohol and injuries, and the use of databases for injury research.
He has a long history of working as part of interdisciplinary research teams including those with engineers (including civil engineering and biomechanics), ergonomists, biomechanics, clinicians and social scientists. He has worked and taught in a number of different countries over the years including Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Trinidad, Jamaica, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.
He has also done extensive work in the occupational injury area, both nationally and internationally, and has published more than 148 peer-reviewed articles, as well as a book, Injury Prevention: An International Perspective. He has a long history of funded research including from NIH, CDC, and the Department of Defense (CDMRP) and has recently been funded by NIH for two 5 year studies titled: Alcohol Involvement in a Cohort of Trauma Patients: Trends and Future Mortality, and Hangovers and Traffic Injuries: Is Alcohols Influence Greater Than Expected? On November 9, 2010 he received the Excellence in Science Award from the American Public Health Association Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.