Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH
Choking Dangers in Children
As children enjoy new toys, pediatricians should be aware of a potential hazard related to toys with small magnetic pieces and button batteries. Listen in as we discuss how to prevent life threatening hazards associated with button batteries and toys with small magnetic pieces.
Dr. Gary Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Smith is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health, and in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical training, he holds MPH and DrPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury for more than 25 years. He is immediate past chairperson of the national Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), having served on the Committee for 10 years.
He has published more than 100 injury-related articles in peer-reviewed journals, was on the editorial board of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for six years, and is currently on the editorial board of Pediatrics. Among other awards, he was honored by the Ohio State University College of Public Health with the Champions of Public Health Award in 2008; the national Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the AAP with the Fellow Achievement Award in 2006; by the Ohio AAP as the Ohio Pediatrician of the Year in 2003; and by US Jaycees and Jaycees International as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans and as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, respectively, in 1988. He was named as the first recipient of the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research in 2007. His research focuses on injuries to children and adolescents, including motor vehicle-related injuries, consumer product-related injuries, and home safety.
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