Professor, Internal Medicine

Division of Infectious Disease
Department of Epidemiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2007-present  Professor, College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
  • 2007-present  Director, Center for Biopreparedness, Biosecurity and Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2007 to present
  • 1997-present  Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, 1997 to present. 


  • University of Iowa Hospitals, Fellow, (1977)
  • University of Iowa Hospitals, Resident, (1975)
  • University of Iowa Hospitals, Internship, (1973)
  • University of Chicago, M.D., (1972)
  • University of Wisconsin, B.S., (1968)

Research Interests

Biopreparedness and Biocontainment, Infectious Diseases in Long Term Care Facilities, Hospital Infection Control

Selected Publications

  • Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities, 2nd Edition (book).  Philip W. Smith, M.D., Editor.  Delmar Publishers, Inc. 1994.
  • Smith PW, Anderson AO, Christopher GW, et al. Designing a biocontainment unit to care for patients with serious communicable diseases: a consensus statement. Biosecur Bioterror. 2006;4(4):351-65.
  • Smith PW, Bennett G, Bradley S, et al. SHEA/APIC guideline: infection prevention and control in the long-term care facility, July 2008. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008;29:785-814.
  • Smith PW, Shostrom V, Smith A, Kaufmann M, Mody L.  Preparedness for pandemic  
    influenza in nursing homes:  A 2-state survey.  JAMA 2008; 300:392-394. 
  • Smith PW.  Death of a Dementia Patient (poem). Annals of Internal Medicine 2009; 151:2:102
  • Smith PW, Smith AW, Meza JL.  Influenza preparedness in Nebraska assisted living facilities. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science 2009: 7:4:429-432.
  • Smith PW, Watkins K,Miller H, Van Schooneveld T. Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. 2011;19(4):20-25.
  • Smith PW, Hansen K, Sayles H, Brodersen B, Medcalf S. A long-term care facility pandemic influenza preparedness planning assessment tool. Am J Disaster Med. 2011;6(4):219-230.
  • Smith PW, Watkins K, Hewlett A.   Infection control through the ages.    Am J Infect Control. 2012; 40(1):35-42.
  • Smith PW, Hewlett AL. Epidemiology and Prevention of Infections in Home Healthcare. In: Mayhall CG, ed. Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Subspecialty Professors
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Central Society for Clinical Research
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)


Contact Philip W. Smith
Philip W. Smith, MD

985400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5400
Phone: 402-559-8650
Fax: 402-559-5581