Dr Smith trained at the University of Oxford, gaining his medical degree as well as a degree in Physiological Sciences. As a junior he worked in Oxford, Newcastle and a number of London teaching hospitals. Dr Smith came to The Christie as a junior doctor in 1999, and after further training was appointed as a consultant in 2007.
His interests include lymphoma and other haematological disorders (giving chemotherapy and radiotherapy). He has a particular interest in treating young people with lymphoma, and patients are referred to the service from across the region.
Dr Smith also practises paediatric radiotherapy and has a particular interest in using advanced radiotherapy to reduce the risk of late effects of treatment, as well as an interest in particle therapies (including Proton Therapy). Since 2009 he has been Clinical Lead for the Proton Beam Therapy Project at The Christie, working with colleagues from across Greater Manchester (and in London) to develop a Proton Beam Therapy facility at The Christie.
Dr Smith runs an annual Young Persons Survivorship Course at The Christie (commended by the Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards). This programme is being adopted nationally. He has also developed a 'Treatment Summary and Care Plan' template for patients' use after treatment (in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital). This template has been adopted by other Trusts nationally in the Young Oncology setting.