Since retiring in 1989 at the age of 70, Dr. Howard W. Smith teaches, pro bono, in the Department of Otolaryngology at Columbia University in New York City and has also endowed a chair in otolaryngology at the university's medical school.
Dr. Smith's reception of The Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award in 1998 and of the Larry D. Schoenrock Distinguished Service Award in 1997 are testaments to his remarkable 40 year career in which he founded a cleft palate and cleft lip clinic for New Haven's indigent population and provided ongoing support for this effort. He is noted for his teaching hearing and speech professionals at Southern Connecticut State University on clefts and speech development. During this same period, Dr. Smith launched a mobile van service for hearing tests.
Dr. Smith graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1953 after which he did a year's residency with John A. Kirchner at Yale. Stationed for two years at Andrew Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., he spent his time working with the chief of the ear, nose and throat service there and became interested in facial plastic surgery. He trained for five successive summers at the Department of Plastic Surgery at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford University, England.
Dr. Smith was then appointed to the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine as clinical professor while maintaining a large private practice six days a week. About this time in his life, Dr. Smith points out that he "had three full-time jobs." He founded the New Haven ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery Group and acted as director of the New Haven Cleft Palate Center.
In 1980, Smith served as chairman of the Alpine Medical Committee for the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York and also represented the AAFPRS on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. Today, he continutes to serve the ABFPRS and the FPS Fellowship Examination Corporation as senior financial adviser. Dr. Smith also served as president in the AAFPRS in 1983.
In February 1995, Dr. Smith started the Honduran Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program, which is now an approved three year certified training program. He has been onsite in Honduras to teach the residents and offer surgical treatment for patients with cleft palate and cleft lip.
Dr. Smith currently resides in New York City with his wife.
Click on the links below to view articles about Dr. Smith:
• "ABFPRS Headquarters Open for Business," Facial Plastic Times, May 2000
• "Schoenrock Award Bestowed on Howard Smith," Facial Plastic Times, November 1999
• "Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award," Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, August 1998
• "Fall Meeting in Honor of Howard Smith," Facial Plastic Times, September 1997
• "Howard W. Smith, D.M.D., M.D.," The Coming of Age 1983-1989.