Sophia Smith, MD is recognized by the American Health Council as “Best in Medicine” for her outstanding contributions to the medical field. A pediatric critical care medicine intensivist in the Children’s National Medical Center’s pediatric intensive care unit in Chevy Chase, Md., Dr. Smith performs intensive care and emergency medical duties, among other responsibilities. While she has held her current role for 15 years, she has spent over 25 years in the healthcare industry garnering comprehensive skills and knowledge in asthma, organ donation, pediatric emergency medicine, improving resuscitation codes and processes.
At a young age, Dr. Smith developed a fascination in the pediatric field as she often volunteered to help and collaborate with children with physical and mental disabilities. The experience fueled her desire to seek a profession that allowed her to help children in any setting. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1988, She enrolled at the University of Florida College of Medicine and earned a medical degree in 1992. She completed a pediatric residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in 1995. Her rigorous academic and professional training concluded with a pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1998.
Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Smith created the Children’s Physician Champion Program for Organ Donation and is part of the Airway Championship Team. At Children’s National Medical Center, she treats children with a variety of illnesses and trauma. Additionally, Dr. Smith is a professor and oversees the Executive Committee. Throughout her career, she authored several publications, including “Complete Loss of Iron Regulatory 1 and 2 Prevents Viability of Murine Zygotes Beyond the Blastocyst Stage of Embryonic Development,” Blood Cells, Molecules, Diseases (2006) and “Electron Tomography of Degenerating Neurons in Mice with Abnormal Regulation of Iron Metabolism,” Journal Structural Biology (2005), among many.
Among her many professional accomplishments, she is very proud to serve on the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Board of Directors and the Leadership Council for The Alliance. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care and the American Association of Respiratory Care. She ensures to maintain an active role in her community as she serves as the co-chair of the Prince George’s County Community Health Fair for Children and Parents at the Spirit of Faith Community Health Fair.
In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling and athletics. With a successful career at hand, Dr. Smith attributes her achievements to her dedication, work ethic and commitment to improving children’s health and well-being. She plans to diversify her skills and knowledge in the future by obtaining a master’s degree in health care policy to further implement changes in healthcare.
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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Intensivist in the Children’s National Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation’s children since 1870.
- Children’s National is #1 for babies and ranked in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report and has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery.
- This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia.
- Source: www.childrensnational.org