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Alexander Smith

MS ’99, MD ’02, MPH
Alexander Smith is a clinician-researcher at the forefront of efforts to integrate geriatrics and palliative care. Dr. Smith received his medical school training in the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) followed by two fellowships, a one-year clinical fellowship in palliative medicine at BWH and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, followed by a two-year general internal medicine fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, including an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Smith returned to UCSF in July 2008 as faculty in the Division of Geriatrics.Dr. Smith’s research program focuses on improving palliative care for vulnerable and dependent elders. He has strong interests in bioethics and improving patient-physician communication. Currently funded by a Paul Beeson National Institute on Aging K23 career development award, he works clinically on the Hospice and Palliative Care Service at the SF VAMC. Dr. Smith and Dr. Eric Widera co-founded GeriPal, a Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog, the leading source for news and commentary related to geriatrics and palliative care on the web. GeriPal received nearly 2.5 million page views between 2009 and 2015. Also working with Dr. Widera and Drs. Sei Lee and Mara Schonberg, Dr. Smith launched ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly. ePrognosis had over half a million page views in its first week, and over 1 million between 2012 and 2015. Dr. Smith serves as current president of the UCSF Medical Alumni Association.