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Gary Smith, MD, DrPH

Pediatric Injury Prevention Expert

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Injury Research
  • Injury Prevention
  • Furniture-Related Injuries
  • Choking Hazards/Safety
  • Consumer Product Injury Prevention
  • Safety Tips

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Dr. Gary Smith is the founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He's also a Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Smith is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health, and in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical training, he holds MPH and DrPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher in the field of injury for more than 25 years.

He is immediate past chairperson of the national Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), having served on the Committee for 10 years. He also served as chairperson of the COIVPP of the Ohio Chapter of the AAP for 10 years and chairperson of the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury during its existence from 2001-2003. From 2003-2006, he was a member of the Initial Review Group (research study section) for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He has published more than 100 injury-related articles in peer-reviewed journals, was on the editorial board of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for six years and is currently on the editorial board of Pediatrics. Among other awards, he was honored by the Ohio AAP as the Ohio Pediatrician of the Year in 2003, and by national Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the AAP with the Fellow Achievement Award in 2006. He was named as the first recipient of the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research in 2007. His research focuses on injuries to children and adolescents, including motor vehicle-related injuries, consumer product-related injuries and home safety.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission awarded one of its first Chairman's Circle of Commendation Awards in 2011 to Dr. Smith for his exceptional contributions to consumer product safety.