Robert J. Smith joined the faculty as Professor of Medicine in 2000. He directed the Division of Endocrinology at Brown and Lifespan from 2000-2011 and was founding director of the Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Rhode Island Hospital. His education included a BA in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a BMS degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed internal medicine residency training at Duke University and subspecialty training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) and the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA). Prior to coming to Brown, he was a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1978-2000, where he served as Director of the Metabolism Section and Associate Director of Research at the Joslin Diabetes Center, and was on the clinical staffs of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Smith has conducted a broad range of laboratory and clinical research on the mechanisms of cellular signaling by insulin, insulin-like growth factors and growth hormone, and the mechanisms through which changes in signaling lead to human disease. He currently has a primary focus on epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology research relevant to diabetes and its complications.