Dr. Smith will receive The Medal for Distinguished Service. It is given to physicians who have made outstanding personal contributions to the medical profession and to the people of Alberta, and have contributed to the art and science of medicine and raised the standards of medical practice.
Dr. Smith was instrumental in establishing Calgary as one of the strongest cardiology centers in Canada. He is a respected cardiologist who worked tirelessly to build and recruit the clinical and research leadership for cardiac science in Calgary.
Dr. Smith’s efforts increased Alberta’s capacity to prevent and treat cardiac disease. In the early ’80s, he developed a core cardiology training program, which remains to this day one of the most popular training programs in Canada. Dr. Smith is chair of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta’s Strategic Advisory Board and sits on many other boards of foundations, societies and organizations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Earlier this month, he also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.
The evening award presentations take place during the AMA’s Annual General Meeting and Representative Forum being held at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton. The AMA’s Medal of Honor and Medal for Distinguished Service represent the highest honors bestowed by the AMA and its members.