Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf announced the appointment of Scott Smith, M.D., to the position of research associate professor: Health Care Careers. Smith will be responsible for leading NTID’s health care careers implementation efforts and serving as the point person for health care career efforts at NTID.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Smith at RIT/NTID to provide leadership for our health care careers initiatives,” said NTID President Gerry Buckley. “We are committed to increasing the numbers of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals going into health care fields, and we are confident that Scott will be instrumental in helping us achieve that goal.”
Smith, from North Carolina, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, now working in academic research on issues of health disparities of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. He earned his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Eastern North Carolina. After relocating to Boston, he completed two postdoctoral fellowships – one in research (general academic pediatrics) and one in clinic (developmental-behavioral pediatrics). During his time in Boston, he earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Smith moved to Rochester in 2004 to practice full-time at Rochester General Hospital, where, working with interpreters, he provided care to both hearing and deaf patients. In 2009, he transferred to the University of Rochester to join the National Center for Deaf Health Research as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 2010, Smith received a five-year NIH-funded mentored research career award (K01) and became an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He also has been working at RIT/NTID as both a consultant for NTID’s Health Care Careers Implementation Commission and an adjunct faculty member for deaf and hard-of-hearing students taking RIT and U of R science courses.
As part of his responsibility overseeing the timely implementation of approved health care initiatives, Smith will participate in the development of external funding proposals related to NTID health care career initiatives and will serve as a resource and catalyst regarding health care information dissemination, educational curricula and training programs, student recruitment and admissions strategies for RIT/NTID-sponsored health care programs, employer awareness and accessibility and technological solutions related to health care fields. In his position as research associate professor and physician, he will educate local, state and national stakeholders about deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals in the health care industry.
“I’m excited about joining the faculty at NTID and look forward to working with team members both at NTID and the greater university to help establish RIT/NTID as a hub of excellence for deaf and hard-of-hearing people interested in life sciences and health care fields,” Smith said.