the Passing of Pain Physician Editor in Chief, Dr. Howard S. Smith
It is with great sadness we announce that Dr. Howard S.
Smith has passed away. He died Wednesday May 8, 2013 at the Albany Medical
Center, Albany, NY.
Dr. Howard Steven Smith of
Delmar, NY is survived by his wife, Joan Buckley Smith. He was the father to
four children, Alyssa Rachel, Joshua Michael, Benjamin Ryan, and Eric Jason
Smith. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Smith; and stepmother, Priscilla
Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlene and Nathan Smith.
Services were May 10 at
Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany, N.Y. on Friday, May 10. Interment was at Beth
Emeth Cemetery in Loudonville.
Dr. Smith was born Aug. 1,
1956 in San Francisco. He received a BS degree in both mathematics and biology
from the State University of New York. He attended graduate school at New York
Uniiversity and then continued on to medical school at the Chicago Medical
School. Following his receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1984, Dr. Smith
completed his postgraduate residency at the Albany Medical Center followed by
the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Columbia Presbyterian Medical
Dr. Smith was the Medical
Director of Palliative Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of
Internal Medicine, and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at
Albany Medical College. He was certified in Addiction Medicine, Palliative
Medicine, Pain Medicine, Anethesiology, Nuclear Medicine and Internal
He held medical licenses in
New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He was a member of more than a dozen
professional organizations and held appointments on the ABPM credentials
committee and membership committees.
Dr. Smith was an active
member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He served as
Editor-in-Chief of Pain Physician journal from 2008 until present. While he was
Editor in Chief of Pain Physician, the journal published updates of the
Interventional Spine Techniques guidelines in 2009 and a complete special issue
publication of the guidelines that was released this month.
In addition to Pain
Physician, Dr. Smith was editor in chief of the Journal of Pain Research, and
the Report on Interventional Pain Management. He was on the board several other
journals. He was an active review for Spine journal, the End-of-Life Care
Consensus Panel and the American Pain Society. He was also expert reviewer for
15 journals; and an associate editor of 5 journals. He was also an
invited lecturer, traveling to Belgium, China, Korea, Canada and
Dr. Smith was the author of
more than 220 articles, 6 books and 119 book chapters.
A memorial donation of
$10,000 was sent on behalf of ASIPP to Dr. Smith's Children's Educational Fund.
If you would like to send a donation, the address is below. Contributions from
businesses are tax deductible.
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