Dr. Smith is from Denver, Colorado. He attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in Anthropology. His experience of working with doctors and living with host families in India and Mexico solidified his interest in becoming a physician with a focus on participating in global research projects. Dr. Smith attended medical school at Georgetown University and conducted quality of life research on patients undergoing stereotactic body radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Between his third and fourth year of medical school, he had the opportunity to partake in the Medical Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health developing a machine learning algorithm for the detection of prostate cancer on MRI.