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Brian P. Smith, M.D.
Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

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Administrative Office:
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street
Medical Office Building, Suite 120
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Dominika Obrecht
Administrative Telephone:
Administrative Fax: 215-243-4679

Patient Appointments: 215-662-7320

Clinical Offices:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Maloney 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
34th and Civic Center Boulevard
West Pavilion, 2nd and 4th Floors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

Penn Medicine at University City
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

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Brian Smith is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Trauma, Surgical Care, and Emergency Surgery. He is currently the International Trauma Curriculum Coordinator in the Department of Trauma, which helps train international physicians on the mechanisms of an urban level 1 trauma center. Dr. Smith is also actively involved in medical student education, serving as a Course Site Director. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Ursinus College before attending medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Temple University Hospital. During that time he earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine. In 2014 he completed a Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and stayed with the division after finishing the fellowship training. Dr. Smith research interests include factors related to gun violence and firearm injury pattern, management strategies of traumatic injuries, and military surgical training.


Faculty Appointments
2014 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery at HUP & PPMC
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2013 - present  Attending Surgeon, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 - present Active Surgeon, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 - present Active Surgeon, Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008 - 2010  MS - Temple University
2001 - 2005 MD - Temple University
1997 - 2001  BS - Ursinus College (Biology)
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2012 - 2014 Trauma & Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 - 2012 Resident in Surgery, Temple Hospital
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2008 - 2010 Surgery Research Fellow, Fels Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2006 - 2008 Resident in Surgery, Temple Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005 - 2006 Intern in Surgery, Temple Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National/International Societies
2013 - present Association for Academic Surgery (Candidate Member)
2013 - present  Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
Publication Committee, 1/30/14-1/30/17
2010 - present   Society of Critical Care Medicine
2005 - present  American College of Surgeons
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Boden G, Silviera M, Smith BP, Cheung P, Homko C.  Acute tissue injury caused by subcutaneous fat biopsies produces endoplasmic reticulum stress. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 95(1):349-352, Jan. 2010.
  2. Seamon MJ, Feather C, Smith BP, Kulp H, Gaughan JP, Goldberg AJ.  Just one drop: The significance of a single hypotensive blood pressure reading during trauma resuscitations. Journal of Trauma 68(6)1289-1294, June 2010.
  3. Seamon MJ, Franco MJ, Stawicki SP, Smith BP, Kulp H, Goldberg AJ, Santora TA, Gaughan JP.  Do chronic liver disease scoring systems predict outcomes in trauma patients with liver disease? A comparison of MELD and CTP. Journal of Trauma 69(3)568-573, Sept. 2010.
  4. Silviera ML, Smith BP, Powell J, Sapienza C.  Epigenetic differences in normal colon mucosa of cancer patients suggest altered dietary metabolic pathways. Cancer Prevention Research (Phila.) 5(3)374-384, Mar. 2012 (Epub Feb. 1, 2012).
  5. Smith BP, Fox N, Fakhro A, LaChant M, Pathak AS, Ross SE, Seamon MJ. “SCIP”ing antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines in trauma: The consequences of noncompliance. Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery 73(2):452-456, Aug. 2012.
  6. Seamon MJ, Smith BP, Capano-Wehrle L, Fakhro A, Fox N, Goldberg M, Martin NM, Pathak AS, Ross SE. Skin closure after laparotomy in high risk patients: Opening opportunities for advancement.  Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery 74(2):433-439, Feb. 2013.
  7. Remick KN, Schwab CW, Smith BP, Monshizadeh A, Kim PK, Reilly PM.  Defining the optimal time to the operating room may salvage early trauma deaths.  Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery 76(5):1251-1258, May 2014.
  8. Smith BP, Goldberg AJ, Gaughn JP, Seamon MJ. A comparison of Injury Severity Score and New Injury Severity Score after Penetrating Trauma: A Prospective Analysis. Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery. August 2015.
  9. Maher Z, Grill EK, Smith BP, Sims CA. Does Proximity to violence negatively influence attitudes towards exception from informed consent in emergency research? Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. September 2015.
  10. Hochman BR, Barry ME, Lane-Fall MB, Allen SR, Holena DN, Smith BP, Kaplan LJ, Pascual JL. Handoffs in the Intensive Care Unit: Are Off Hours a Vulnerable Time? American Journal of medical Quality. December 15, 2015.
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Smith BP, Adams RC, Doraiswamy VA, Nagaraja V, Seamon MJ, Wisler J, Cipolla J, Sharma R, Cook CH, Gunter OL, Stawicki SP.  A review of abdominal damage control and open abdomens: Focus on gastrointestinal complications. [Review] Journal of Gastrointestinal & Liver Diseases 19(4)425-435, Dec. 2010.
Abstracts (Last 5 Years)
  1. Smith BP.  Healthcare disparities and delay in operation for intestinal obstruction. Oral presen-tation at the 6th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Huntington Beach, CA, Feb. 2011.
  2. Smith BP, Fox N, Fakhro A, LaChant M, Pathak AS, Ross SE, Seamon MJ.  "Scipping antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines in trauma: The consequences of non-compliance.”  Podium presentation, 25th Annual EAST Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, FL, Jan. 10-14, 2012.
  3. Maher Z, Smith BP, Grill E, Sims C. Does Proximity to violence negatively influence attitudes toward exception from informed consent? Oral presentation at the 28th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly. Lake Buena Vista, FL, January 2015.
  4. Smith BP, Mancini DJ, Schwab CW. Forward Surgical Team (FST) experience is associated with increased confidence in trauma skill sets. 16th European Congress of Trauma & Emergency Surgery. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. May 2015.
  5. Smith BP, Fick CN. Firearm Attitudes and Accessibility in a Trauma Population, A Preliminary Report. Oral presentation at 3rd Annual Trauma Symposium. Philadelphia PA. April 2015.
  6. Smith BP, Polk T, Mancini DJ, Grabo D, Remick K, Schwab CW. Military surgeon confidence is improved by participation in a civilian trauma training center. 74th Annual Meeting of AAST and Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery. Las Vegas, NV. September 2015-In Review.
  7. Hersperger S, Becker A, Heiderich G, Smith BP, Holena DN, Schutz A, Mancini JD, Kumar N, Mook M, Holland S, Motuk G, Martin N, Reilly PM, Kim PK, Pascual JL. Becoming a Trauma Center Overnight: Using Simulation to Train Seasoned Yet Trauma-Naïve Providers Prior to Becoming Trauma Providers. PSTF/PACOT Meeting. Harrisburg, PA. October 23, 2015.
  8. Hatchimonji JS, Nunn AM, Holena DN, Smith BP, Kaplan L, Martin ND, Reilly PM, Schwab CS, Pascual JL. Boarding SICU patients: Are our rounding practices subpar? Western Trauma Association. (Accepted)
  9. Cannon JW, Seamon MJ, Smith BP, Kaplan L, Holena DN, Reilly PM. “Resuscitation Hypocalcemia and Over-Correction Should Be Avoided in Severely Injured Patients.” 75th Annual Meeting of AAST. Waikoloa, HI. September 14, 2016.
Editorials, Chapters, Case Reports & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Achildi O, Smith BP, Grewal H.  Thorascopic ligation of the thoracic duct in a child with spontaneous chylothorax. [Case Report] Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques 16(5):546-549, Oct. 2006.
  2. Smith BP, Seamon MJ.  Penetrating abdominal trauma.  Chap. 53 in Mann BD (ed.): Surgery: A Competency-Based Companion.  Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 2009, 417-423.
  3. Smith BP, Mulhern J, Glenn K, Kaplan LJ. Critical Incident Team Dynamics and Logistics. Chap. 27 in Trauma Team Dynamics: A Crisis Resource Management Manual. Springer, in press.
  4. Smith BP. Haepatic and Biliary Injuries in Papadakos and Gestribn (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Trauma Care. Spinger, in press.
  5. Smith BP, Reilly P. Deutschman CS, Neligan PJ.  How should Trauma patients be cared for in the ICU? Evidence Based Practice of Critical Care, Second Edition. June 2015.
Alternative Media
  1. Smith BP, Cheney R.  Interview by Seaman AM in Gun access tied to greater suicide, Murder Risk: Study.  Reuters, Jan. 20, 2014.  Retrieved February 4th, 2014 from
  1. Sapienza C, Silviera ML, Smith BP.  Methylation biomarkers for colorectal cancer.   U.S. provisional patent application 61/863,682, filed Aug. 8, 2013.
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2013 Rhoads 5 SICU Nurse and Staff Fellow of the Year Award for excellence in communication, collaboration and teamwork, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2012 H. Taylor Caswell, M.D., Award:  Outstanding Chief Resident who has contributed most to the surgical education of fellow resident, Temple University Hospital, Department of Surgery
2012 First Place, Temple University Surgery Resident Research Symposium
2010 First Place, Temple University Surgery Resident Research Symposium
2009 First Place - Clinical Science, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition, Region III
2009 First Place, PACoT Resident Paper Competition, Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation
2005 W. Emory Burnett Prize in Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine

Dr. Brian Smith

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