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Dr. David W. Smith is Recognized as Great Pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. SmithThe American Osteopathic Association selected Dr. David W. Smith as one of its Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine. As part of its Greatness Campaign, nominations from among the membership of the AOA are sought for those who have made pioneering differences in osteopathic medicine. Dr. Smith was nominated by Dr. George W. Vogelgesang and selected by the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity.

Dr. Smith and other members of the Great Pioneer class of 2012 were inducted into this elite group during the House’s luncheon on Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. They were also invited to attend the House’s opening session that morning.

Dr. Smith has been a member of the AOAO since 1966 and served as President from 1981 to 1982. He also served as President of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in 1995 through which he received the Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award. He has earned life membership in the AOAO, Ohio Osteopathic Association, AOA and ACOS. Dr. Smith has served as co-editor of the Orthopod and most recently co-authored History of the AOAO and its Contributions to the Osteopathic Profession, published in 2009.

Dr. Smith completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH where he practiced for one year before beginning his practice at Doctors Hospital in Massillon, OH where he remained until his retirement in 2002. During his tenure there he served in many capacities including Chief of Staff and President of the Board of Trustees. For his accomplishments and service, a surgical pavilion in the hospital was named in his honor.

Dr. Smith was responsible for starting the Orthopedic Residency training program at Doctors Hospital of Stark County in 1978 from which he graduated 25 residents under his watch.

Dr. Smith’s accomplishments include being the first to complete the first total joint implants in Stark County, founding the first bone bank there and installing the first “clean air system” necessary for the performance of joint replacement surgery. He also developed surgical patents for cervical spine arthrodesis instrumentation.

The AOA Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity will be making arrangements to audiotape a living history with Dr. Smith, which will be featured in the AOA’s online History Museum.

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