Dr. Smith interned and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She received a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and practiced at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute until 2011. A passion for developing the next generation of physicians took her to Texas Tech where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. In 2013, she joined the teaching staff at the USC School of Medicine, Greenville, and was a member of the pediatric ophthalmology department at GHS.
A renowned educator and researcher, Dr. Smith is a passionate advocate for better health care for the uninsured as well as an active volunteer and has participated in two medical mission trips to Mexico.
Dr. Smith has researched and published several papers on pediatric eye diseases and conditions, particularly strabismus and retinopathy in premature infants. Vision challenges in children often go unnoticed, but many can be corrected or significantly improved if they are diagnosed early. Strabismus, an umbrella for several conditions involving misalignment of the eyes, can be treated up until about age 12 while the brain is still developing.
The addition of Dr. Smith to Clemson’s Eyes medical staff enables expansion to include a practice specifically geared to pediatrics.
In addition to her professional expertise, Dr. Smith is also an experienced equestrienne who has competed for spots on the US Youth Olympic Team. She resides, with her two sons, in Campobello, SC.