P. Brian Smith, MD, MHS, MPH, professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and chief of the Division of Quantitative Sciences, was one of five faculty in the School of Medicine to be awarded a distinguished professorship.
Distinguished professorships recognize both exceptional achievement and the potential for future achievement. They are awarded to our most distinguished faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing science and improving human health. Dr. Smith was awarded the Samuel L. Katz Professorship in Pediatrics.
Dr. Smith has made seminal contributions in the field of pediatric drug safety, neonatal pharmacology, and the epidemiology of neonatal infections research. A professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Quantitative Sciences in the Department of Pediatrics. He is a neonatologist and a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Dr. Smith’s research has focused on breaking down the barriers to appropriate drug dosing and safety studies in infants and children, especially in low birth weight and premature neonates. Dr. Smith has had an important impact on the field of clinical trial design and conduct. He is a recognized leader in the implementation of networks dedicated to child health and is principal investigator for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Coordinating Center. He has focused on optimizing clinical trial design methods to determine the dosing, safety, and efficacy of therapeutic agents used in infants—neonatal clinical pharmacology. By relying on unique trial designs and funding from multiple sources, he has led efforts to close the therapeutic knowledge gap that exists in this vulnerable population. Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from Mercer University and completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal medicine at Duke in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He completed an MHS in clinical research from Duke University in 2006 and an MPH in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009.