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A. Gordon Smith
01 November 2012 (online)
The Guest Editor of this issue of Seminars in Neurology is Gordon Smith, M.D. Dr. Smith is Professor of Neurology and Chief, Division of Neuromuscular Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Smith did his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.D. from the Mayo Medical School, where he was a Ruth A. Masson Scholar and recipient of the Dean's Grant. He trained in Neurology at the University of Michigan. He followed his residency with a Neuromuscular Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Smith has had grant support from the NIH for several years for his work in diabetic neuropathy. He staffs the inpatient Neurology Service at the University of Utah Hospital and the Salt Lake City VA, as well as the Neuromuscular Clinic and EMG laboratory. He provides tremendous service to the American Academy of Neurology in so many different capacities, including Associate Editor for Education, AAN.com, as a Member of the Education Committee, the Annual Meeting Subcommittee, as Chair of the Topic Work Group on Neuromuscular Disease and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Chair of the Distance Learning Subcommittee, just to name a few. He is well published in many prestigious neurology journals, and is Editor, with Dr. Mark Bromberg, of the Handbook of Peripheral Neuropathy. Dr. Smith is the founding Director of the Neurology Skills Pavilion: Neuromuscular Bedside Rounds, a novel education program through the American Academy of Neurology.
In 2005, Dr. Smith received the American Academy of Neuromuscular Disease and Electrodiagnostic Medicine Presidential Award.
Dr. Smith has brought together a “Who's Who” of experts in neuromuscular medicine; many of the “Neuromuscular Greats” have contributed to this issue of Seminars in Neurology. I have so much admiration for each of them, and I am so grateful for their hard work and contributions.
Dr. Smith is a physician scholar, a gifted neurologist and teacher, and a role model for his peers and the next generation of neurologists. It is one of the joys of my lifetime to be his friend.