Dr. W. Roy Smythe – Mesothelioma Doctor – Professor & Chairman

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Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center

Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Department of Surgery

2401 South 31st Street

Temple, Texas 76501

Phone: 254.724.2595

Fax: 254.724.2786

Email Address: rsmythe@swmail.sw.org

Born on July 14, 1960 in Temple, Texas, Dr. W. Roy Smythe grew up in Belton, Texas where he excelled in academics and athletics. Dr. Smythe was awarded a National Merit Scholarship and he was also an all-state football and track athlete. From 1979-1984, he attended the largest Baptist University in the world, Baylor University, on both academic and athletic scholarships. Smythe went on to attend Texas A&M University in 1984, where he received the Helen Salyer Anderson Medal for Academic Achievement. He received his medical degree in 1989, graduating with highest honors.

From 1989-1996, Dr. Smythe completed his residency in general surgery at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. And, from 1996-1998, he completed his residency in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. While Smythe was a General Surgical Resident, he received several awards. He was awarded the Jonathan Rhoads Award for Surgical Research and the William Inouye Award for Surgical Teaching. His postdoctoral research includes: The Harrison Department of Surgical Research (1993-1996), Thoracic Oncology and Gene Therapy, The University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine and The American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow (1994-1995), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smythe was involved in the initial research work evaluating gene therapy for mesothelioma in the mid-1990’s while at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Smythe’s positions include: Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Surgeon at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He joined the faculty at The University of Texas in 1998. While at M.D. Anderson, Smythe designed a pilot protocol for malignant pleural mesothelioma involving aggressive surgical therapy followed by intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Smythe was also an Institutional Physician-Scientist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Section of Thoracic Molecular Oncology.

Dr. Smythe is a member of The Association for Academic Surgery, The American Association for Cancer Research, The American Society for Gene Therapy, The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and Alpha Omega Alpha. His board certifications include: The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Other awards include: Consumers Research Council, Best Surgeons in America, 2007 and Best Doctors In America 2003-2004, 2005-2006. Dr. Smythe is currently Professor & Chairman, Department of Surgery, at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center.