Newark Physician Establishes Scholarship Fund for Medical Students Who Pledge to Serve the Poor
Leon Smith has cared for a governor and other VIPs in more than 50 years as a doctor, but he almost never made it through medical school because of the high cost. The first in his family to attend college, the Newark physician struggled to pay his tuition at Georgetown University in the 1950s. read more

St. George’s University Announces Tuition Scholarship Program for 2 Inner-City Medical Students
St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGUSOM) has announced a new scholarship program for two students who live in inner-city and/or medically under-served communities in the United States. The Dr. Leon G. Smith Scholarship of Promise is a four-year full-tuition scholarship ... read more

Infectious Diseases:

Medicine's Master Sleuths
Two years ago, a patient with a mysterious ailment was sent to Dr. Leon G. Smith, an infectious-disease (ID) specialist in Roseland. Practicing since 1956, Smith is generally regarded as the dean of the ID field in New Jersey. The patient had what’s known as a fever of unknown origin (FUO). Besides examining the patient and ordering a series of preliminary blood tests, Smith took a detailed history, ... read more

Corralling Mad Cow Disease
In the first report in a three-part series, CBS News Correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports on efforts to build a U.S. firewall against this deadly disease, hoping to learn from Europe's mistakes. More than 80 people have died, mostly in Britain, ... read more

Drug-Defying Germs From India Speed Post-Antibiotic Era
Lill-Karin Skaret, a 67-year-old grandmother from Namsos, Norway was traveling to a lakeside vacation villa near India’s port city of Kochi in March 2010 when her car collided with a truck. She was rushed to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences … read more

Most C-Diff Infections Start in Healthcare Facilities
Saying that half of hospitalized patients treated for Clostridium difficile illness came through the door already infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday called on all providers, from nursing homes to private physician practices, to take more aggressive steps to inform each other to stop the … read more

Dr. Leon G. Smith:

Father Figure - Four Children Follow Acclaimed Physician into Medicine
The worm entered the side of the man's foot near the heel, its path toward the toe marked by an irregular red streak, thick in some places, thin in others. The area was a little itchy but not painful, the patient reported he'd first noticed the presence of the stowaway 11 days earlier. He'd been in Brazil. … read more

Freeholders Honor Dr. Leon Smith of Essex Fells for Pioneering Work
The Essex County Board of Freeholders honored Dr. Leon G. Smith Sr., of Essex Fells, a world-renowned specialist in the field of infectious diseases and a pioneer in AIDS/HIV diagnosis and treatment, during its Wednesday, Feb. 15, meeting at Newark’s Hall of Records … read more

Dr. Leon Smith… (to) Receive an Honorary Degree at NJIT’s Commencement Today at the Prudential Center
Dr. Leon Smith, an infectious-disease specialist and a pioneer in AIDS diagnosis and treatment, will receive an honorary degree at New Jersey Institute of Technology's commencement today at the Prudential Center in Newark. Smith, 80, and his wife, a nurse, came to Newark ... read more

The Smith Foundation Works to Educate a Future Doctor
The Leon G. Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation has inspired and helped many people but Dr. Smith’s latest helping hand is a truly unique story. His dedication and generosity has recently had an impact not on a patient – but a future doctor. ... read more

​A Recent Referral by Dr. Smith to Dr. Walter Wilson at the Mayo Clinic (read more)

Sharing the Knowledge
​Dr. Leon Smith and his son, Dr. Stephen Smith, study infectious diseases religiously and share a passion for information on the subject.

The two doctors are on the Editorial Board of a prestigious publication Healio’s Infectious Diseases News. You can check out the publication on here The Medical Editor of the newsletter is Paul A. Volberding, MD from the University of California San Francisco Department of Medicine in California.

​Dr. Smith's Acquaintance
Dr. Leon G. Smith is proud to know one of the worldwide experts in cardiology, Dr. Roman DeSanctis.

​Credit Suisse Newsletter January 2014
Dr. Smith shares this informational newsletter with you. Click here to view.

Dr. Smith Becomes Medical Advisor to The Dominican Republic Relief Organization I'm glad that I can help in any small way ..."   Click here to view.

Dr. Smith featured in The Private Journey Magazine Spring 2014 Issue in an article entitled "Doctor/Detective"  click here to view
Dr. Leon G. Smith Interview on Caucus NJ
On Friday, March 1, 2013 The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation made a generous donation of $7,500 to the Barnabas Health Foundation to be used in the areas of infectious disease research and expansion.

Photographed at right are President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Dr. John Bonamo and Senior Vice President of External Affairs of Barnabas Health, Louis LaSalle, accepting the donation presented by Dr. Leon G. Smith and son-in-law, 
Dr. Thad Denehy.
The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation
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Copyright 2013: The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation | Funding For Scientific Research 
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The Doctor is Still In

Doug Doyle talks with Dr. Leon Smith, one of the most well-known and respected infectious disease specialists in the U.S. During more than 51 years of service at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, he started the first free inner city medical clinic, and the Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation remains a beacon for physicians from all over the world seeking answers to life threatening illnesses.   LISTEN NOW:

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Our 2nd Annual Gala Was a Success

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to and attended the 2nd Annual Gala on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, NJ!

Congratulations to the very deserving honorees, Dr. Peter Gross, Dr. Jack Bonamo and Dr. Donald Louria. The event was a huge success thanks to everyone’s continued support of the foundation. All of the proceeds are being used to fund the next wave of infectious disease research and clinical expansion.
Dr. Stephen Smith Carries Out the Work of His Father

Dr. Stephen A. Smith is the next generation of the Smith Family to work with infectious diseases. The son of Dr. Leon Smith, he has a strong commitment to work with left fortunate people. The Smith Center in East Orange has many innovative programs. However, the Financial Incentive Programs are making a point to help people.

To encourage medication adherence The Center started a program called Drug Adherence Saves Lives (D.A.S.L.).  Through D.A.S.L. The Center rewards patients with excellent adherence, as defined by an undetectable viral load, with a $25 food store gift card. Each Smith Center patient is eligible for this gift card up to 4 times a year based on his or her quarterly labs. Also, The Smith Center realizes that word of mouth can be the strongest referral system. They encourage patients who are satisfied with their care to spread the word. If a Smith Center patient refers another patient, he or she is also eligible for a $25 food store gift card.

They are also pleased to announce a new financial incentive program called Get Out the Test or G.O.T.T. This is an infectious disease testing initiative where The Center can offer $35 food store gift cards for people who present for an STD and other infectious disease panel of tests. These include gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, tuberculosis, syphilis, hepatitis A, B and C and of course, HIV. They also utilize current Smith Center patients, called Patient Recruiters, to help bring people in for testing. These Patient Recruiters will receive $10 food store gift cards for every new patient recruited. Call The Smith Center in East Orange and ask today about any of these financial incentive programs.

Dr. Leon Smith is sharing his vast knowledge with a series of weekly one-minute health tips on the Joe Piscopo Show at The Answer 970AM radio. His tips are on topics that are interesting and important to people.
Bill Raftery, a legendary sports broadcaster, and Dr. H. Stephen Fletcher were both honored by The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation at a special cocktail reception on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, New Jersey. Visit our Events page for more photos.
The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation Honors Raftery and Fletcher
Dr. Smith on the
Joe Piscopo Show on September 19th at The Answer 970AM
Dr. Leon G. Smith on the John Gambling Show - October 14, 2014
Dr. Leon G. Smith Interview with Steve Adubato on AM970 The Answer - November 3, 2014
N.J. Health Care Quality Institute creates 'The Leon G. Smith Lifetime of Public Health Service' award in his honor
The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute has honored Dr. Leon Smith, one of the nation's leading infectious disease specialists, as the first recipient of a new award created in his honor: “The Leon G. Smith Lifetime of Public Health Service” award.

“Dr. Smith is the physician other doctors turn to when they have a medical mystery to solve,” said David L. Knowlton, chief executive of the institute. “His colleagues count on his abundant experience and encyclopedic mind. We are all better off because he remains a calm voice of reason when public anxiety threatens to override medical science in the care of patients with contagious diseases like Ebola.”

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With the strong financial support from its donors, the Smith Infectious Disease Foundation recently made a donation to Hope for Life Kenya. Dr. Smith wanted to share the reaction for the financial support and thank everyone for making this possible.

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Dr. Smith and The Foundation have been nominated for one of Mary Pat Christis's NJ HEROES awards

NJ HEROES, founded and spearheaded by NJ's First Lady, awards NJ Residents who make a difference in 
our state.

Click here to see the NJ HEROES web site!

Click the image at left to read Mrs. Christie's letter to
Dr. Smith.