Tony Smith (BSCHE 1977)

smith1977Anthony (Tony) Smith

BSCHE 1977

Current Employer:

Albuquerque VA Medical Center

Job Title:

Medical Doctor (Urology)

Career Discussion:

Tony graduated from NMSU with a BSCHE and went on to obtain an MD degree at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed a residency in urology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a kidney transplant fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston. He rejoined the faculty in the Division of Urology at the University of New Mexico in 1987 where he practiced for 26 years before retiring to a practice at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. He was a tenured Professor of Surgery and is currently an Emeritus Professor of Surgery at UNM.

His research focused on treatment of urologic cancer and kidney transplants. He served as Program Director and Chief of the Division for a number of years. He has published approximately 60 peer reviewed papers or abstracts, book chapters or books and has presented around a 130 talks at regional, national or international meetings.

His main research focuses included studying biomarkers and computer modeling to predict progression of prostate cancer as well as other cancer related and transplant related research. He has received numerous awards including Best Doctors In America 1996-2014, Best Doctors in America US News and World Report, President of the South Central Section of the American Urologic Association (AUA), Chairman of the Public Media Committee for the AUA, an Outstanding Educator award from UNM School of Medicine, and he just completed a four year term on the GU Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute.

His hobbies currently include playing bluegrass guitar with the Duke City Swampcooler bluegrass band and weekly hikes up the La Luz trail to the top of the Sandia Mountains.

Fondest NMSU Memories:

I have very fond memories of the time I spent in the chemical engineering department at New Mexico State University. The professors I had there were outstanding. I feel the training I received was some of the best preparation I could have had for medical school and a medical career. The discipline teaches logical and systematic thought which is critical for treating patients.

I was recently introduced to Dr. Rockstraw and was extremely impressed with him as both a person and an educator. I was even happier to learn that he has developed a pre-med curriculum for chemical engineering. I hope to be able to do what I can in the future to help NMSU chemical engineering students headed toward the medical field achieve their goals.

submitted on 10/18/2016

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