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Dr. Smith has always strived to be outstanding at what he does. In the early years as a Boy Scout, he achieved the Eagle rank, the highest award given in scouting and later on he received the Silver award in Explorers. During his high school years, he was the president of his class at Morton high school. His interests were varied in those years including the drama department, appearing in several plays, and his lifelong hobby of building automobiles.
Dr. Smith graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and began his practice with two offices, one in Chicago and one in Cicero. Later, an office was added in Skokie, but that was phased out because of the commute. In 1987 he assumed the established office in Oaklawn and has practiced here ever since.
He served as chairman of several community groups and was an officer on the condominium association of the building where he resides.
During his podiatric career, he served in all offices of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and was the president in 1981. He then went on to serve as president of the Midwest Podiatry Conference in 1984, a 12 state organization. During the political years he served on numerous committees for those organizations. In 1987 he resigned from the political side of podiatry and continues to serve on only one organization. Having been appointed by four successive governors, and being the longest sitting member, he is still on the Illinois Hospital Licensing Board, responsible for regulating and licensing all hospitals in the state of Illinois.
Dr. Smith regularly attends all continuing education seminars to stay abreast of all of the latest techniques and procedures., and is certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons from 1982 to 2005, a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association, and remains a member of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association , and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
He is nearing the end of a five-year project, building another car from the ground up. He has completed all work himself, including fabricating a frame, piecing together an engine and all of the other necessities, including painting, wiring, suspension fabrication. Ultimately just making the darn thing run.