About Steve Smith
"Without the NHS I would be a much richer doctor and a much poorer person"
Steve qualified in medicine at the University of Bristol in 1978. He was appointed consultant in Renal and General Medicine in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1992 after completing postgraduate training in Liverpool, Birmingham, Adelaide and London.
He was Clinical Director for Renal Services between 1995 and 2009, during which time the service expanded fivefold. He was President of the British Renal Society between 2003 and 2006 and Clinical Lead for Renal Medicine in the West Midlands from 2002 until 2010.
In 2009 Steve became Group Medical Director for Emergency Services at the Heart of England Foundation Trust and in 2011 was appointed as Associate Medical Director for Heartlands Hospital.
He has made significant contributions to medical research in the fields of renal epidemiology, hypertension and dialysis. He has served on a variety of national committees including the Royal College of Physicians Renal Committee, the Kidney Alliance and the UK National Renal Registry, and has contributed to the Renal National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance.
Although he has made substantial management and research contributions throughout his career, Steve has always maintained a significant clinical commitment in General Medicine and Nephrology.