Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Bone Density Testing
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Rheumatology
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Myositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
View all 12 Specialties +
Insurance

Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2011

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
Rheumatology
Bethesda, MD USA
1985

Residency - VA Boston Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA
1980

Internship - VA Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA USA
1978

Medical Education - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA
1977

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

Arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, myositis, polymyalgia rheumatica, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/9/2019, Dr. Smith has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

109 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

They were very helpful and very quick getting me in to see the Dr.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr. Smith is always Awesome. he takes his time to address my concerns and needs. He always goes over and beyond to help me and to get me in whenever I am in pain and need help. I am very grateful for him and his team.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

loved Dr Smith. I plan on continuing my care with him.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr Smith is AMAZING. He called me at home at 9pm on Sunday night in regards to concerns with my bloodwork. I was so relieved and appreciative of his call. Truly showed how much he cares for his patients.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Because he didn't have any of my health records, it was very difficult for him to do much for me. My husband and I were very pleased with the dr. He was very caring and knowledgeable of my issues. He was very apologetic about the situation. BUT, the appt was a very disappointing thing and seemed like a waste of time and money.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Dr. Howard Smith is an outstanding rheumatologist.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Dr. Howard Smith is great. It is just so difficult to schedule appointments with him because he doesn't see patients much. But the wait is worth it because he never rushes you.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

excellent especially when considering I have been trying to get help in managing my chronic illness for about 4 years now and Dr. Smith is the first rheumatologist that has actually listened to my needs and made a plan of action and explained it to me.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

one of a kind doctor, it's really hard to find doctors like him, very friendly, kind, caring. overall an excellent experience with the doctor!!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr.Smith is very thorough and personable Always has time for me

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

dr. Smith takes the time to answer my concerns and is a very caring doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr. Howard Smith was very professional, took time and answered all my questions and did a great job explaining things to the resident. I have never met such a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

doctor himself was great

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr Howard Smith is a very very good Dr!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

the doctors were not personable and showed little empathy for me as a person. I will not be going back to see these doctors

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Howard Smith, MD is an outstanding rheumatologist and a fine man. He always provides me with excellent care. His nurse Lydia also gives outstanding care and is a great person.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

I have known Dr. Smith for years. I have recommended him to people needing a rheumatologist. he's always been caring and really listens to my concerns and questions. I consider him a friend as well as caregiver.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

Dr Smith is a knowledgeable physician in his field. I have extreme confidence in his treatment recommendations. This was the first time we met, and would not hesitate to recommend him to others and continue to go to him for my treatment plan

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