Stephen Smith (surgeon)

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Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith (February 19, 1823 – August 27, 1922) was an American surgeon and a pioneer in public health.[1]


He was born on February 19, 1823 in Skaneateles, New York. His father was a cavalry officer in the American Revolutionary War.[1]

Smith was an active proponent of the Metropolitan Health Bill. He led the establishment of the Metropolitan Board of Health in New York City in 1866, the first such public health agency in the United States.[1] He later founded the American Public Health Association. He died on August 27, 1922.[1]

The Stephen Smith Medal, for distinguished contributions in public health was created in his honor. The Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health | New York Academy of Medicine.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dr. Stephen Smith Dies In 100th Year. Famous Physician Was A Pioneer In Sanitary Reforms in New York City. His Rules For Long Life. Organizer Of Local Board Of Health and American Public Health Association. Was Long At Bellevue". New York Times. August 27, 1922. Retrieved 2010-07-09. Dr. Stephen Smith, who would have been 100 years old next February, and was one of the leading physicians of New York State, died at four o clock this ...
  2. ^ " - Mission Statement".

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