Craig R. Smith, MD

Craig R. Smith, MD

Chairman, Department of Surgery

Surgeon-in-Chief, Vivian & Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor
Valentine Mott Professor of Surgery

Craig C. Smith, MD, received his baccalaureate degree from Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa), and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He received his postgraduate training in general surgery with a Fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Rochester. After completing his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Smith joined the Columbia faculty in 1984 as Associate Director of the Columbia Presbyterian Heart Transplant Program, which grew to be the most active program in the United States. He later inaugurated a successful heart-lung and lung transplantation program that remains the major program in the region. Dr. Smith was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Columbia from 1996-2009. In June 2004, Dr. Smith was honored as NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s “Practitioner of the Year.” On February 28th, 2007, Dr. Smith was the recipient of the “Heart of New York Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine” from the American Heart Association. In January 2010, Dr. Smith was named the Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Smith’s clinical practice is focused on valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass procedures, and operations involving the thoracic aorta. Dr. Smith is the Surgical Principal Investigator of the PARTNER Trial, a major, international trial comparing conventional aortic valve replacement to percutaneous valve replacement.