UWIMAA CANADA'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 2020 GOES TO DR GARTH SMITH

UWIMAA CANADA'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 2020 GOES TO DR GARTH SMITH

The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom for public health purposes. 

A tribute to Dr Garth Smith was made by Dr Moodie, recognising his work in developmental paediatrics and especially his work with the First Nations people of Canada.

Dr Moodie presented the award virtually and Dr Smith accepted it and expressed gratitude. 

Dr. R Garth Smith graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1981. After completing a Rotating Internship at the Mona Campus, he accepted a Residency Position in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1982. He was elected Chief Resident in 1986, and during that year co-Edited the Hospital for Sick Children Residents’ Handbook, published in 1987. He completed a Perinatal Fellowship at Women’s College Hospital in 1988. After doing 9-years of a Consulting Pediatric Practice in Chatham, Ontario, and obtaining further training in Developmental Pediatrics in Chapel Hill, NC, he was successful in obtaining the position of Developmental Pediatrician and subsequently Medical Director of the then Child Development Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, and Assistant Professor, Pediatrics at Queen’s University. In 2007, he was successful in being promoted to Associate Professor. He works with children with a wide range of Developmental Disabilities including Autism, Neuromuscular Disorders, Hearing Impairment, Acquired Brain Injuries and others. He also works with First Nation Children with disabilities from the James Bay Region. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals, and a  a recent chapter on Update in Autism Spectrum Disorder , in a textbook, Update in Pediatrics (Springer, 2018). 

We are delighted to call him our colleague and fellow alumnus! Congratulations Dr Smith! 

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