Global Health Center

Lanny Smith, M.D., M.P.H., DTM&H

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Dr. Lanny Smith
Montefiore Medical Center
3544 Jerome Avenue, Room 327
Bronx, NY 10467




photo not availableAssociate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
Associate Professor of Clinical Family & Social Medicine, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Dr. Smith began his international work prior to medical school building houses with Habitat for Humanity in northwestern Nicaragua to the sound of daily gunfire and living with a local campesino family in 1985. Multiple educational and volunteer activities in Latin America throughout medical school and a Primary Care residency in inner-city Boston helped train him in Community Oriented Primary Care, COPC, and made him fluent in Spanish. After completing his medical training, he went as Country Coordinator of the French group Medecins du Monde (Physicians of the World) to El Salvador at the invitation of local organized groups and lived in rural Morazan in the mountainous northeast of the country for more than six years working toward COPC and Social Justice.

Dr. Smith was Founding President of the group Doctors for Global Health and continues on its board as Liberation Medicine Counsel. Board certified in Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine, he has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/




Together with Dr. Matt Anderson, Dr. Smith is a founding Co-Editor of the Journal of Social Medicine, helped start the Social Medicine Portal and serves as Global Health Advisor at Einstein, making contacts through international volunteer work and counseling Einstein students toward opportunities in the field of Global Health and Social Justice. Dr. Smith serves on the Steering Group of the Global People's Health Movement.

He practices Liberation Medicine, "the conscious, conscientious use of health to promote social justice and human dignity," a concept born of community work in El Salvador. In the Bronx he is on the faculty of the Montefiore Residency Programs in Primary Care and Social Medicine and practices as a South Bronx Primary Care physician. He is part of the OPEN IT (Opportunities Pro-Immigrant, Elderly and Newcomer and International Travel) Program, which provides a clinic setting for persons from other countries to receive primary health care, including travel health vaccines and counsel, in the context of resident medical education. He is also part of the Bronx Human Rights Clinic for asylum-seeking survivors of torture. With Dr. Mini Murthy he is Co-Editor of the upcoming book, Women's Global Health and Human Rights.

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