Barry H. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Barry Smith headshotPresident and CEO, The Rogosin Institute, Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and Attending Physician at The NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, N.Y. USA

Dr. Barry H. Smith received his undergraduate degree (BA) at Harvard University with the Class of 1965; his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Techno logy (MIT) in 1968; and his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1972. Dr. Smith carried out his residency training at both New York Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and served as the Deputy Chief of Surgical Neurology at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. While there, he was involved in patient care, as well as basic and clinical research and issues relating to chronic illness and its costs to the U.S. healthcare system. He continued and further developed these latter interests, especially those related to population health and the prevention of chronic illnesses, including kidney disease, in his subsequent work at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and as the Director of the Dreyfus Health Foundation (DHF) in New York City. As Director of DHF, he has worked with his colleagues on the development and implementation of community-based primary health programs in thirty-two countries.

Dr. Smith has been associated with The Rogosin Institute since 1966, but became a full-time member of its staff in 1988. Convinced that chronic and end-stage renal disease presents a special opportunity to develop a better model for the management of chronic illness, and also committed to the prevention of kidney disease and its major risk factors in diabetes and hypertension, he has worked to expand the efforts of the Institute beyond the best in clinical care and research for better treatments to include population health and community mobilization for better health, as well as the development of its new Center for Health Action and Policy. A very specific manifestation of this commitment is Rogosin ‘s dedication to improving the kidney health of the people of Central Brooklyn in New York City. This involves important partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental agencies, local hospitals, primary care practices, and employers, as well as the people themselves. The effort is anchored around a new dialysis unit “without walls” that has been built there, providing not only care for patients with ESRD, but also community education regarding risk factors, better nutrition, and life styles; screening and early detection of kidney disease; and referral for earlier and improved management. This is the second of Rogosin’s dialysis units “without walls,” with its first being on Manhattan’s West Side.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, National Renal Administrators Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, New York Academy of Science, New York Academy of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi, American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association, among others. Along with his colleagues, he represents The Rogosin Institute at the Kidney Care Council, Kidney Care Partners and Kidney Health Initiative meetings. He serves on the Boards of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and the Kornfeld Foundation. He is also Chair of the Board of Global Health Action, based in Atlanta. He is the author of more than 140 scientific and clinical papers, Co-Editor of Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, and an Editor of Problem Solving for Better Health : A Global Perspective (Springer), as well as New Delta Rising: A Tribute to the People of the Mississippi Delta (Universities of Mississippi Press).