May 8, 2014

Vascular surgeon joins St. John Medical Center staff

St. John Medical Center, which is co-owned by University Hospitals (UH) and the Sisters of Charity Health System, has added a well-known, local vascular surgeon to its medical staff with the addition of Christopher J. Smith, M.D., FACS. 

Dr. Smith is now a member of the St. John Medical Group and is also affiliated with the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. His practice will be solely dedicated to St. John Medical Center.

“We are pleased to add a vascular surgeon of Dr. Smith's caliber,” says William A. Young, president and CEO of St. John Medical Center. “His significant experience and background will be a major benefit to our heart and vascular program.”

Specializing in vascular surgery, Dr. Smith provides diagnosis and treatment for diseases of the peripheral blood vessels and the complications arising from those disease processes. Dr. Smith’s expertise and special interests include open surgical and endovascular management of aortic aneurysms, complicated arterial and venous surgery, carotid artery disease, dialysis access, venous disease, and percutaneous intervention for peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Smith utilizes both conventional and cutting-edge techniques in the management of patients with vascular disease and hopes to expand the vascular program at St. John Medical Center.

Dr. Smith was most recently director of endovascular surgery and medical director of the diabetic foot clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center. His experiences also include chief of the division of vascular surgery at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., and head of the section of vascular surgery at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Dr. Smith is an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the Cleveland Vascular Society. He is a frequent lecturer, is the co-author of publications and book chapters, and has made local television appearances. Dr. Smith is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, served his internship and residencies at Case Western Reserve University, and his fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton.

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