After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Dr. Smith received his M.D. at the Creighton School of Medicine at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his residency and fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He then relocated back to Southern California to continue his career in medical oncology.
Dr. Smith is particularly passionate about treating breast cancer. He cites a “lifelong fascination with biology” that has led to work exploring immunotherapy to treat chemotherapy-resistant cancers, particularly breast cancer. “Helping to bring these immune-oncology treatments from ‘bench to bedside’ is a contribution I am most excited about,” Dr. Smith said.
Dr. Smith appreciates the way City of Hope has integrated itself seamlessly into the communities of Southern California, establishing itself as a premier not-for-profit cancer research and treatment center. “Combining the latest cutting-edge cancer research with the ancillary amenities provided through its community expansion means that I can offer the absolute best in patient-centered, compassionate care,” he said.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
1995-1999, Medical Degree, Creighton School of Medicine
1991-1995, Bachelor of Science, Biology (cum laude), Loyola Marymount University
2002-2005, Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine (Winship Cancer Institute), Atlanta, GA
2000-2002, Residency, Internal Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
1999-2000, Internship, Medicine (categorical), Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
2019-Present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope, Newport Beach, California
2012-2019, Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Breastlink Medical Group, Orange, California
2009-2011, Associate Physician, David Vafai, M.D., Inc., Rancho Mirage, California
2008-2009, Physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group – San Marcos, San Marcos, California
2006-2007, Associate Physician, Hematology/Oncology, Cancer Center Oncology Medical Group, La Mesa, California
Awards & Memberships
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
DeJoya-De Keyser R., Bencheqroun HK, Smith W. Not All That Cavitates in the Lung is TB (poster). American Thoracic Society International Conference 2014.
Smith W, Khuri F. The care of lung cancer patients in the 21st century: a new age. Seminars in Oncology, Vol. 31, No. 2, Suppl. 4(April), 2004: 11-15.
Smith W, Fanucchi M. Treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer in special populations. Oncology, Vol.18, No. 10(Sept.), 2004: 1326-1327.
Smith W, Saba N. Critical Reviews in Hematology and Oncology, Vol. 55, 2005: 143-152.
Ratings & Reviews
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Would definitely recommend C of H to anyone fighting this battle. - Verified patient
Dr. Smith is the best Dr that I could ever imagine. He's kind and very knowledgeable about my cancer and treatment. When I have a question and I need to talk to him he ALWAYS calls me back. I've been on this cancer journey with him for almost four years and I believe that my Faith in God and Dr. Smith I am alive and functioning very well today. - Verified patient
My visits with Dr. Smith are always thorough, comprehensive and pleasant. He always has as much time for me as I need. - Verified patient
Dr and the team are working together very well to give me excellent care! - Verified patient
Dr Smith always listens to me if I have any concerns. - Verified patient