Professor Smith graduated in 1978 from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Upon graduation Prof. Smith became a respiratory therapist at Queens Hospital Center - Long Island Jewish Affiliation in Jamaica, New York. He successfully completed the registry examination in June of 1979. In 1980 he accepted a position as a Respiratory Care Clinician at University Hospital at Stony Brook. In 1981 he was promoted to Assistant Director of Respiratory Care for Pediatrics and Neonatal. In 1983 he completed his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from Long Island University.
Upon completion of his masters degree Prof. Smith was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology and Management’s Respiratory Care Program. In 1984 he accepted a position at Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center as the Director of Respiratory Care. In 1985 Prof. Smith became a partner and Vice President of Operations and Clinical Services at Anthony Home Health Care, Inc. In 1995 he left the corporate world to return to clinical practice as the Assistant Director of Respiratory Care at Northshore – Long Island Health Systems – Southside Hospital. He remained there until October of 2000 when he returned to Stony Brook University Hospital as the Associate Director of Respiratory Care for Education. In August of 2005 he accepted a position from Stony Brook University as a full-time faculty member in the School of Health Technology and Management’s Respiratory Care Program. He is presently an AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor and an AHA Basic Life Support Instructor and has AHA Advance Cardiac Life Support certification.
Professor Smith has been member of the AARC since 1975. He was inducted into the National Honor Society for the Profession of Respiratory Care, Lambda Beta Society as a faculty member for outstanding achievement in respiratory care. In 1993 his company was honored and awarded the NYSSRC-SEC Bruce Witz Award as the outstanding respiratory Home Healthcare Company in the New York Metropolitan area. In 2002 he was appointed by the New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents as a member of the Office of the Professions Respiratory Therapy Board. He was recently elected for a third term as Chairman of the board. He has spoken at many conferences, reviewed textbooks and has been published in medical journals. In 2010 Prof. Smith was elected by the School of Health Technology and Management's faculty to the position of Vice-President of the Faculty Assembly. He continues to chair the SHTM Academic Standing committee, is member of the SHTM Curriculum Committee and is the departmental representative to the university-wide Faculty Senate. He presently makes clinical visits and provides clinical in-services and updates as the respiratory therapist clinical liaison to the Long Island State Veterans Home on the campus of Stony Brook University.
Professor Smith’s primary responsibilities revolve around the program’s comprehensive cardiology courses. He lectures on a variety of topics including hemodynamic monitoring, EKG interpretations, cardiac catherization, treatment of cardiac arrthymias, cardiac pathologies, cardiac pharmacology and medical ethics. His primary objectives are to educate respiratory care students about the fields of cardiopulmonary care and respiratory care and to instill in future RTs a true understanding of the profession.
In his free time, Stephen has coached basketball, soccer, routinely exercises, enjoys skiing with his family, bike riding and loves to read. He is an active member of his parish and participates on many parish/community committees.