Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH, Appointed Associate Chair of Education

Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH, has been appointed associate chair of Education in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Smink has oversight and advisory responsibility for the Surgical Education Office and educational activities of the Department of Surgery, including medical student programs, as well as ACGME and non-ACGME resident and fellow programs. He will guide enterprise-wide innovations in surgery education, lead and enable novel research in surgical education and serve as a mentor to the program and clerkship directors.

Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH

Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH
Associate Chair of Education, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Douglas S. Smink, MD, MPH, is a minimally invasive general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests include foregut surgery, biliary tract disease and abdominal wall hernias. Dr. Smink received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed a General Surgery Residency at BWH and a Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is the associate chair of education in the Department of Surgery and program director of the General Surgery Residency.

Dr. Smink is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Education and serves as a member of the editorial board of the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE).

His research focuses on resident and faculty education through simulation and he is co-leader of the Surgical Culture Program at the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health, where he studies how to teach communication, leadership and decision-making to surgeons and surgical teams.