Featured Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Dean Smith, MD (photo)

Dean Smith, MD
Class of 2000

Each quarter, we select an alumnus from the University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation to highlight in our Sandia Orthopaedic Alumni Society (SOAS) newsletter’s "Where Are They Now?" column. In this issue, we proudly spotlight Dean W. Smith, MD, Class of 2000.

Treating patients with hand injuries that range from arthritis and fractures to complex, upper extremity conditions involving tumors and nerve damage is all in a day’s work for Dr. Dean Smith. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It keeps my practice very interesting and stimulating,” says Dean, who is a Hand Surgery Specialist and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Houston and sees patients from Southwestern United States as well as other countries.

Indeed, Dean’s professional reputation has earned him recognition as one of Houston’s “Top Docs” in both H Texas and Houstonia magazines plus gained him the “Patient’s Choice Award” from Vitals.com on multiple occasions. People who know Dean well would likely not flinch if they found his photo beside the term “over-achiever” in a dictionary. Examples of why include his graduating summa cum laude from the University of Missouri–School of Medicine after earning a Bachelor of Art in Education and Exercise Science from the University of Kentucky and holding membership two national honor societies: Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi.

Dean is proud of the fellowship training he received in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Florida and especially values the Residency Program he graduated from at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation. The latter experience inspired Dean to eventually found the UNM Orthopaedics’ Sandia Orthopaedic Alumni Society (SOAS) and serve as its president for the past eight years.

Besides overseeing his busy practice, Dean is a clinical instructor in hand and upper extremity at the University of Texas–Houston School of Medicine. He also consults with professional and collegiate athletes locally and abroad on sport-related hand conditions.

Outside of work, Dean and his wife, Kristina, stay actively involved at the school their 5-year-old twin sons attend and recently shared a fun, family vacation in Seattle with them. To wind down, Dean passionately pursues underwater photography while scuba diving and travels to exotic places like the Republic of Palau (part of the Western Pacific Ocean’s Micronesia island group) to enjoy both hobbies.

Dean’s time with UNM Orthopaedics recently motivated him to join the SOAS Sandia Circle. Members make a tax-free pledge of $5,000 annually for five years to help sustain high-caliber education and research programs through UNM Orthopaedics.

Thank you, Dean, for your valued support of the UNM Orthopaedic Residency Program!

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