Stephen W. Smith, MD

Emergency Medicine

Specialty Centers

Dr. Smith earned his medical degree in 1987 from Northwestern University Medical School, in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in 1990, which he followed with a fellowship year before joining the HCMC Emergency Department staff in 1991. He is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Smith has conducted research in diverse areas of Emergency Medicine. Two areas of special focus are Cardiology (both the ECG and troponin in acute myocardial infarction) and health issues related to gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a drug of abuse. Dr. Smith has a long interest in the ECG, starting with his fellowship and resulting in his 2002 book “The ECG in Acute MI,” a 38 chapter, 375-page comprehensive book on the topic. Subsequently, he has edited ECG book sections, and authored numerous chapters and peer-reviewed articles on the ECG in MI, and is Cardiology editor for Academic Emergency Medicine. Since 2008, he has run “Dr. Smith’s ECG Blog,” a free open access (non-commercial) site which now has nearly 2 million page views from readers around the world. Dr. Smith's focus on GHB has included research on acute toxicity, lethality, addiction and withdrawal, and the use of GHB to facilitate sexual assault.

Medical School

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA


Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA


Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA