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Gordon S. Smith

Gordon S. Smith M.B.,Ch.B., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Epidemiology & Public Health
Location: 110 S. Paca Street, 4th floor, Rm 4-S-125
Phone: (410) 328-3847
Phone: (410) 328-5085
Fax: (410) 328-2841

Personal History:


1970-1974: Wellington Clinical School, Wellington, New Zealand
1975: M.B., Ch.B. (equivalent to M.D. in U.S.), University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand
1975: Trainee internship, first in class, surgery
1981: M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
(Areas of concentration: Epidemiology, International Health, Tropical Public Health)

Post Graduate Training

1975-1977: Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand. Rotating internship including medicine, surgery, accident emergency, psychiatry and family practice experience (rural and urban).
1977: Mater Children's Hospital, South Brisbane, Australia. Pediatric resident, training program in General Pediatrics.
1983-1985: Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia. Preventive Medicine Resident and Epidemic Intelligence Service (E.I.S.) officer. Training in epidemiology and preventive medicine. Areas of specialization: Public Health Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Surveillance Systems, Injury Control.

Faculty Appointments

1982-1984: University of Colorado Medical School. Assistant Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology.

1984-1985: Division Of Injury Epidemiology And Control, Center For Environmental Health, Centers For Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia; Medical Epidemiologist and Preventive Medicine Resident, conducting research and program development on the epidemiology of injuries. Wrote major policy paper for the Centers for Disease Control and the Carter Center of Emory University on currently available intervention strategies to reduce the burden of illness due to injuries, as part of the Carter Center "Closing the Gap" Health Policy Project.

1985-2002: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment Department of Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

1985-1992: The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. Core faculty, Injury Prevention Center.

1989: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

1990-2002: Director, Occupational Injury Prevention/Safety Science Training Program, Johns Hopkins Educational Resource Center

1992-2002: Associate Professor, Faculty of Hygiene and Public Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

1997-2002: Visiting Professor, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

2002-Present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Hygiene and Public Policy Department of Health Policy and Management, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2007–Present: Visiting Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health. A research position working on our NIOSH funded ladder study until the appointment at University of Maryland came through.


Books and Monographs

Barss PG, Smith GS, Mohan D, Baker SP. Injury Prevention: An International Perspective. Epidemiology, Surveillance and Policy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Rice DP, Mackenzie and Associates (Jones AS, Kaufman SR, de Lissavoy GV, Max W, McLoughlin E, Miller TR, Robertson LS, Salkever DS, Smith GS). Cost of injury in the United States: a report to congress. San Francisco, CA: Institute for Health & Aging, University of California and Injury Prevention, The Johns Hopkins University, 1989.

Jones NP, Noji EK, Smith GS, Krimgold F, Eds.: Proceedings of the international workshop on earthquake injury epidemiology: implications for mitigation and response. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 10-12 July 1989.

Gray RH, Smith GS, Barss P. The use of verbal autopsy methods to determine selected causes of death in children. Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Occasional Paper No. 10, 1990:1-46.

Amoroso PJ, Yore MM, Smith GS, Lopez M. Analysis of military occupational specialties and hospitalization; Part 1: 25 largest Army enlisted occupations. U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Technical Note No. 98-7. Natick, MA. December 1997.

Armed Forces Epidemiologic Board Injury Work Group (Includes Smith GS). Injuries in the military: a hidden epidemic. US Army Armed Forces Epidemiology Board, Aberdeen, MD. 1997.


Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
(*Student first authors with faculty)

*Gardiner JP, Judson JA, Smith GS, Jackson R, Norton RN. A decade of intensive care unit trauma admissions in Auckland. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2000;113:327-30.

*Warner M, Smith GS, Langley JD. Drowning and alcohol in New Zealand: what do the coroners’ files tell us? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2000;24:387-90.

*Veazie MA, Smith GS. Heavy drinking, alcohol dependence and injuries at work among young workers in the United States labor force. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2000;24:1811-20.

Cormack RM, Chang YF, Smith GS. Estimating deaths from industrial injury by capture-recapture: a cautionary tale. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2000;29:1053-1059.

Brenner RA, Trumble AC, Smith GS, Kessler EP, Overpeck MD. Where children drown, United States, 1995. Pediatrics. 2001;108:85-9.

Miller TR, Lestina DC, Smith GS. Injury risk among medically identified alcohol and drug abusers. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2001;25:54-9.

Smith GS. Public health approaches to occupational injury prevention: do they work? Inj Prev. 2001 Sep;7 Suppl 1:i3-10.

Bell NS, Amoroso PJ, Yore MM, Senier L, Williams JO, Smith GS, Theriault A. Alcohol and other risk factors for drowning among male active duty U.S. army soldiers. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2001 Dec;72(12):1086-95.

Sorock GS, Lombardi DA, Gabel CL, Smith GS, Mittleman MA. Case-crossover studies of occupational trauma: methodological caveats. Inj Prev. 2001 Sep;7 Suppl 1:i38-42.

Langley JD, Warner M, Smith GS, Wright C. Drowning-related deaths in New Zealand, 1980-94. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2001 Oct;25(5):451-7.

Smith GS, Keyl PM, Hadley JA, Bartley CL, Foss RD, Tolbert WG, McKnight J. Drinking and recreational boating fatalities: a population-based case-control study. JAMA. 2001 Dec 19;286(23):2974-80.

Soderstrom CA, Ballesteros MF, Dischinger PC, Kerns TJ, Flint RD, Smith GS. Alcohol/drug abuse, driving convictions, and risk-taking dispositions among trauma center patients. Accid Anal Prev. 2001 Nov;33(6):771-82.

Levy DT, Miller TR, Mallonee S, Spicer RS, Romano EO, Fisher DA, Smith GS. Blood alcohol content (BAC)-negative victims in alcohol-involved injury incidents. Addiction. 2002 Jul; 97(7):909-14.

*Girasek DC, Gielen AC, Smith GS. Alcohol's contribution to fatal injuries: a report on public perceptions. Ann Emerg Med. 2002 Jun;39(6):622-30.

*Cubbin C, Smith GS. Socioeconomic inequalities in injury: Critical issues in design and analysis. Ann Rev Public Health. 2002;23:349-75.

*Lincoln AE, Smith GS, Amoroso PJ, Bell NS. The natural history and risk factors of musculoskeletal conditions resulting in disability among US Army personnel. Work. 2002;18:99-113.

*Maguire BJ, Hunting KL, Smith GS, Levick NR. Occupational fatalities in emergency medical services: a hidden crisis. Ann Emerg Med. 2002;40:625-32.

Hadley JA, Smith GS. Evidence for an early onset of endogenous alcohol production in bodies recovered from the water: implications for studying alcohol and drowning. Accid Anal Prev. 2003;35:763-769.

*Lincoln AE, Smith GS, Amoroso PJ, Bell NS. The effect of cigarette smoking on musculoskeletal-related disability. Am J Ind Med. 2003;43:337-349.

*Dunn WR, Lincoln AE, Hinton RY, Smith GS, Amoroso PJ. Occupational disability after hospitalization for the treatment of an injury of the anterior cruciate ligament. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2003;85-A(9):1656-1666.

Smith GS. Injury prevention: blurring the distinctions between home and work. Inj Prev. 2003;9:3-5.

*Copley GB, Smith GS, Grayson JK, Gibson RL. Comparison of two sources of U.S. Air Force injury mortality data. Mil Med. 2003;168:792-796.

Lunetta P, Smith GS, Penttila A, Sajantila A. Undetermined drowning. Med Sci Law. 2003;43:207-214.

*Spicer RS, Miller TR, Smith GS. Worker substance use, workplace problems and the risk of occupational injury: a matched case-control study. J Stud Alcohol. 2003;64:570-578.

Rockett IR, Putnam SL, Jia H, Smith GS. Assessing substance abuse treatment need: a statewide hospital emergency department study. Ann Emerg Med. 2003;41:802-813.

Brenner RA, Saluja G, Smith GS. Swimming lessons, swimming ability, and the risk of drowning. Inj Control Saf Promot. 2003 Dec;10(4):211-6.

Vinson DC, Maclure M, Reidinger C, Smith GS. A population-based case-crossover and case-control study of alcohol and the risk of injury. J Stud Alcohol. 2003;64:358-366

Wellman HM, Lehto MR, Sorock GS, Smith GS. Computerized coding of injury narrative data from the National Health Interview Survey. Accid Anal Prev. 2004;36:165-171.

Smith GS, Howland J, Hadley J, Keyl P, Foss R. Risk of harm associated with low BACs: lesions outside the highway. Report on Summer Workshop on Low Blood Alcohol Concentrations, held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; July 23-24, 2001. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Circular. (in press).

Levy DT, Mallonee S, Miller TR, Smith GS, Spicer RS, Romano EO, Fisher DA. Alcohol involvement in burn, submersion, spinal cord, and brain injuries. Med Sci Monit. 2004; 10: CR17-24.

Lincoln AE, Sorock GS, Courtney TK, Wellman HM, Smith GS, Amoroso PJ. Using narrative text and coded data to develop hazard scenarios for occupational injury interventions. Inj Prev. 2004 Aug;10(4):249-54.

Lunetta P, Smith GS, Penttila A, Sajantila A. Unintentional drowning in Finland 1970-2000: a population-based study. Int J Epidemiol. 2004 Oct;33(5):1053-63. Epub 2004 Jun 24.

Smith GS, Veazie MA, Benjamin KL. The Use of Sentinel Injury Deaths to Evaluate the Quality of Multiple Source Reporting for Occupational Injuries. Ann Epidemiol. 2005 Mar;15(3):219-27.

Rockett IR, Putnam SL, Jia H, Chang CF, Smith GS. Unmet Substance Abuse Treatment Need, Health Services Utilization, and Cost: A Population-Based Emergency Department Study. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Feb;45(2):118-27

Smith GS, Lincoln AE, Wong TY, Bell NS, Vinger PF, Amoroso PJ, Lombardi DA. Does Occupation Explain Gender and Other Differences in Work-Related Eye Injury Hospitalization Rates? J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Jun;47(6):640-648

Lombardi DA, Pannala R, Sorock GS, Wellman H, Courtney TK, Verma S, Smith GS. Welding related occupational eye injuries: a narrative analysis. Inj Prev. 2005 Jun;11(3):174-9.

Smith GS, Wellman HM, Sorock GS, Warner M, Courtney TK, Pransky GS, Fingerhut LA. Injuries at work in the US adult population: contributions to the total injury burden. Am J Public Health. 2005 Jul;95(7):1213-9.

Huang Y, Roetting M, McDevitt JR, Melton D, Smith GS. Feedback by technology: Truck drivers’ attitude and opinion. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior. 2005:8; 277-297.

Lunetta P, Tiirikainen K, Smith GS, Penttila A, Sajantila A. How well does a national newspaper reporting system profile drowning? Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2006 Mar;13(1):35-41.

*Saluja G, Brenner RA, Trumble AC, Smith GS, Schroeder T, Cox C. Swimming pool drownings among US residents aged 5-24 years: understanding racial/ethnic disparities. Am J Public Health. 2006 Apr;96(4):728-33. Epub 2006 Feb 28.

Rockett IR, Putnam SL, Jia H, Smith GS. Declared and undeclared substance use among emergency department patients: a population-based study. Addiction. 2006 May;101(5):706-12.

Smith GS, Huang YH, Ho M, Chen PY. The relationship between safety climate and injury rates across industries: the need to adjust for injury hazards. Accid Anal Prev. 2006 May;38(3):556-62. Epub 2006 Jan 23.

Huang YH, Ho M, Smith GS, Chen PY. Safety climate and self-reported injury: assessing the mediating role of employee safety control. Accid Anal Prev. 2006 May;38(3):425-33. Epub 2006 Jan 25.

Smith GS, Sorock GS, Wellman HM, Courtney TK, Pransky GS. Blurring the distinctions between on and off the job injuries: similarities and differences in circumstances. Inj Prev. 2006 Aug;12(4):236-41

Smith GS, Timmons RA, Lombardi DA, Mamidi DK, Matz S, Courtney TK, Perry MJ. Work-related ladder fall fractures: Identification and diagnosis validation using narrative text. Accid Anal Prev. 2006 Sep;38(5):973-80. Epub 2006 Jun 5

*Martins SS, Copersino ML, Soderstrom CA, Smith GS, Dischinger PC, McDuff DR, Hebel JR, Kerns TJ, Ho SM, Read KM, & Gorelick DA: Risk of psychoactive substance dependence among substance users in a trauma inpatient population, Journal of Addictive Diseases 2007. 26:71-77.

Verma SK, Sorock GS, Pransky GS, Courtney TK, Smith GS. Occupational Physical Demands and Same-Level Falls Resulting in Fracture in Female Workers: An Analysis of Workers’ Compensation Claims. Injury Prevention 2007:13:32-36.

Keyserling WM, Smith GS. Using process control concepts to model conditions required for sudden-onset occupational injuries. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2007 Jul;4(7):467-75.

Martins SS, Copersino ML, Soderstrom CA, Smith GS, Dischinger PC, McDuff DR,Hebel JR, Kerns TJ, Ho SM, Read KM, Gorelick DA. Sociodemographic characteristics associated with substance use status in a trauma inpatient population. J Addict Dis. 2007;26(2):53-62.