Stephen W. Smith, MD

Emergency Medicine

Specialty Centers

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"In every decision, I choose what is best for the patient and share the decision-making with the patient."

Clinical Expertise

Emergency Medicine, with an emphasis on Emergency Cardiac Care, especially with regard to Chest Pain, Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Troponin interpretation; Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate toxicity, addiction, and withdrawal.


  • American Board of Emergency Medicine


  • Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of MN
  • Blog ranked 6th world wide among Free Open Access Emergency Medicine/Critical Care sites (FOAMed)

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine


  • Sandoval Y. Smith SW. Apple FS. Present and Future of Cardiac Troponin in Clinical Practice: A Paradigm Shift to High Sensitivity Assays. American Journal of Medicine. April 2016. Online January 2016
  • Meyers HP. Limkakeng AT. Jaffa EJ. Patel A. Theiling BJ. Rezaie SR. Stewart T. Zhuang C. Pera VK. Smith SW. Validation of the Modified Sgarbossa Rule for Diagnosis of STEMI in the Presence of Left Bundle Branch Block. American Heart Journal 170(6):1255-1264; December 2015.
  • Shah ASV. Anand A. Sandoval Y. Lee KK. Smith SW. Adamson PD. Chapman AR. Langdon T. Sandeman D. Vaswani A. Strachan FE. Ferry A. Stirzaker AG. Reid A. Gray AJ. Collinson PO. McAllister DA. Apple FS. Newby DE. Mills NL. For the High-STEACS Investigators. High-sensitivitiy cardiac troponin I at presentation in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome: a cohort study. The Lancet 386 (10012), 2481-2488; December 19, 2015.
  • Smith SW. Dodd KW. Dvorak D. Henry TD. Pearce LA. Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Presence of Left Bundle Branch Block using the ST Elevation to S-Wave Ratio in a Modified Sgarbossa Rule. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2012; 60(12):766-776.
  • Smith SW. Khalil A. Henry TD. Rosas M. Chang RJ. Heller K. Scharrer E. Ghorashi M. Pearce LA. Electrocardiographic Differentiation of Early Repolarization From Subtle Anterior ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2012; 60(1):45-56.
  • Zvosec DL. Smith SW. McCutcheon R. et al. Adverse Events, Including Death, Associated with the Use of 1,4-butanediol. New England Journal of Medicine 2001; 344(2):87-94.


"I enjoy biking, skiing, reading, and whitewater kayaking."


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