Dr. Smith is a native of Bessemer, Alabama and attended The University of Alabama, where he was a “walk on” football player for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. After graduating with a B.S. in 1976, he entered The University of Alabama School of Dentistry graduating near the top of his class in 1980. He then entered a residency program in endodontics with The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and the Birmingham V.A. Hospital completing his specialty training in 1982.
Since then he has continued his endodontic training with many years of continuing dental education, including specialized training in microsurgical endodontic techniques with Dr. Gary Carr (father of the dental operating microscope) in San Diego, CA. Dr. Smith was one of the first two endodontists in the state of Alabama to use the dental operating microscope while performing root canal treatment and periradicular surgery. Since 1995, he has performed more than 21,000 procedures using the microscope.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UAB School of Dentistry and teaches in the Endodontic Department on Fridays. Dr. Smith is the co-author of a clinical research paper published in the Journal of Endodontics in November 2014. He lectures to dental groups across the country about endodontics and most recently the GentleWave procedure.
Dr. Smith and his wife, Lisa, enjoy traveling, exercising, college football and baseball, and visiting with their three grown children and many grandchildren.