David L. Smith, MD, FACS
General and Oncologic Surgeon
Board-Certified: American Board of Surgery
Fellow: American College of Surgeons
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care and Trauma, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Residency: General Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Certifications/Awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Paul Meyer Award for Best Air Force Physician, Gold Headed Cane Award
Member: Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
“Surgery interested me as a great way to practice medicine and help people because it involves a more direct ‘cure’ — fixing something wrong — than, say, disciplines more focused on managing chronic illnesses. From there, I chose surgical oncology as my focus because of the complexity involved and the demand for advanced skill and a complete understanding of the disease. For me, this was how I could be most effective. It has the greatest potential for curing disease and improving lives.
“What I’m after — what NTSOA is all about — is to provide each patient the best surgical care possible. I listen to patients. I relate to them on their terms… and in terms they understand. After more than 20 years as a surgeon, still one of the most important lessons experience has taught me is that empathy, understanding and personal commitment to the individual are as essential to excellent care as skill and technique.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, call 972-696-0030. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.