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About Dr. Smith


Howard G. Smith, MD, AM is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area.  His "Medical Minutes" of health and wellness news and commentary were a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM.  His popular two-way talk show, OnCall with Dr. Howard Smith, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.  Prior to his broadcasts on WBZ-AM, his health news reports and commentary were heard on WRKO-AM and WMRE-AM.  


More recently, Dr. Smith has adopted the 21st century technology of audio and video podcasting as conduits for this short health and wellness reports.  He also regularly broadcasts reports that cover recalls by the United States government's Consumer Product Safety Commission and Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Medical School with an additional advanced degree in Immunology from Harvard University.  He completed his general surgical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and his otolaryngology training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, both Harvard Medical clinical training programs sited in Boston. He also completed a fellowship in Tumor and Surgical immunology at the National Institutes of Health.

Following residency and fellowship training, Dr. Smith joined the staff of Boston Children's Hospital and became a member of the founding cadre of ear, nose, and throat specialists confining their clinical practices to infants, children, and adolescents.  He founded the Boston Children's Deafness Network and served as director of otolaryngology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for the developmentally disabled in Waltham, Massachusetts.  He was the director of the MIT Otolaryngology Service.  He was an Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Following recruitment to Southern California, Dr. Smith served as Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Medical Director for the Ross-Loos Medical Group in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  He was an attending otolaryngologist at the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

After returning to New England, Dr. Smith was in private practice at Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates in West Hartford, Connecticut.  He was an attending surgeon at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Connecticut.

After practicing medicine for nearly 50 years and caring for children with ear, nose, and throat problems for 40 years, Dr. Smith retired from active clinical practice and moved from Connecticut to New York City.  Following 5 years broadcasting from the Big Apple, he has returned to Boston, the medical capital of the world.

He continues to file health news reports,, reports of CPSC and FDA product recalls, and commentaries as video and audio podcasts each week.  His reports are carried on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook,​ Spotify, X-Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Tribal, Mastodon, Threads, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music.

• Princeton University, A.B. in Chemistry and Biology
• Harvard Medical School, M.D.
• Harvard Medical School, A.M. in Immunology
• National Institutes of Health, Post-doctoral Fellowship recipient
• Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Surgical Internship and Residency
• National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Research and Clinical Associate
• Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Otolaryngology Residency
• American Board of Otolaryngology, board certification

Clinical Experience
• Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Boston Children’s Hospital

• Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
• Founding Director, Boston Children’s Deafness Network, Boston Children’s Hospital
• Associate Surgeon in Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
• Director, ENT Service at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for the Developmentally Disabled

Director, ENT Service, MIT Medical Department
• Pediatric/adolescent Otolaryngologist, Ross-Loos CIGNA Medical Group, Los Angeles and Southern California

• Medical Director and Chief Operations Officer, Ross-Loos CIGNA Medical Group, Los Angeles and Southern California

• Vice-President, Network Management, Cigna Healthcare, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Pediatric ENT Associates, West Hartford, Connecticut
• Attending Otolaryngologist, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
• Attending Otolaryngologist, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
• Assistant Clinical Professor, Surgery/Otolaryngology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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