Joseph A. Smith Jr,


William L. Bray Professor
Department of Urology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Joseph A. Smith Jr, MD, is a William L. Bray Professor in the Department of Urology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He served as chairman of the department from 1991 to 2015. He is an AOA graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate. He performed his surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, his urology residency at the University of Utah, and a fellowship in urologic oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 

Dr Smith has served as president of the American Board of Urology, president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, president of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, and chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Urology. 

He is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution Award and the Hugh Hampton Young Award from the American Urological Association, the SUO Achievement Medal and the Huggins Medal from the Society of Urologic Oncology, the St. Paul’s Medal from the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Société Internationale d'Urologie, the Ferdinand C. Valentine Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine, and the prestigious Spence Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He was also awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Tennessee. He has been listed on Castle Connolly “Best Doctors” list for 30 consecutive years and was designated by TIME magazine as 1 of the top 5 surgeons in the country for the treatment of cancer.

Dr Smith is editor of The Journal of Urology, the most widely read and highly cited journal in the specialty. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 100 book chapters, and has edited or coedited 8 textbooks, including the third and fourth editions of Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery

His professional focus has been on innovative treatment strategies for patients with urologic cancers and on the introduction and evaluation of technologic advances in urologic surgery. He has performed more than 1000 radical cystectomies and 10,000 radical prostatectomies.