Speaker Bios


Thomas J. Smith, MD, FACP, Director of Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Professor of Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Smith is a medical oncologist and palliative care specialist with a lifelong interest in better symptom management and improving access to high-quality affordable care. Until October 2011, he was the Massey Endowed Professor of Palliative Care Research and Esteemed Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care at the Virginia Commonwealth University-Massey Cancer Center. He helped launch VCU’s internationally respected palliative care service, education and research program. Dr. Smith has a long track record of starting innovative programs with concurrent evaluation of their impact on care and costs.