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 +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

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

Internship - VA Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA USA

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


  • 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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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/21/2020, 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

139 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

wonderful doctor, first time I have really felt confident in my provider and that they cared!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor and I have so much respect for him, the Cleveland Clinic should be very proud to have Dr. Smith as a provider.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Smith is an excellent doctor and more doctors would do well to follow in his ways. His genuine concern for his patients is outstanding.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

This was our first visit to this Doctor so the questions with the "fair" ratings really don't apply at this time.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr. Smith always provides excellent care with courtesy, helpfulness, and professionalism.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Howard Smith is an outstanding rheumatologist. I appreciate his knowledge, expertise, compassion, and caring.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Smith was exceptional. He spent so much time with me, asking questions about my health and actually listening to my concerns. Every recommendation he made, regarding change of medication or seeing other specialists, was well explained. He is one of those few physicians who takes the time and patience to really get to know and understand his patients. I would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

this doctor is very good

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr. Smith was amazing he answered all my questions very polite. Dr. Smith extremely helpful very detailed with what I needed to know.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Dr. Smith is awesome! He always addresses my questions and concerns and responds to my Chart pretty quickly.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr. Smith does a very nice job and is easy to talk to.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Smith is wonderful! I always look forward to my appointments with him!

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

I had a very pleasant visit with Dr. H. Smith.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

My lupus is getting more advanced. I really appreciate Dr. Smith. He is a very caring doctor.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Dr. Smith is great! I hope that he will continue the virtual appointments as I live over 4 hours away.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

greatly enjoyed the interaction with Dr. Smith.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Smith is an excellent doctor. His care and compassion is outstanding.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Howard Smith is great!!!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

He is a great doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I love the way Dr. Smith listens to me. He is attentive, smart as a whip and so knowledgeable about his specialty. I also love the way that I'm not rushed through my appointment.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr Smith is absolutely amazing. im so thankful to have found him! and the rest of the staff is wonderful too.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

I'm so glad that I have Dr. Smith as my physician easy to talk with and he listens.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Smith is very thorough & truly listens to all you have to say or ask.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

"My Chart" works very well for Dr. Smith

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr. Smith easy to talk too. Spent as much time as needed.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I love Dr. Smith. he's very kind, respectful and receptive to anything new I may suggest. I hope he never retires!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

wait time too long to see doctor at Beachwood location

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Dr. Smith is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and courteous. He goes above and beyond in assisting me with questions I may have. Dr. Smith is an excellent doctor whom I would not hesitate to recommend.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Dr Howard Smith was kind, an excellent listener, answered all my questions, patient & attentive, very professional & intelligent and had a sense of humor. I am very thankful to have seen him.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

What an amazing doctor !!!!! Never had a doctor that would e-mail me personally. If there was a rating higher than 5, he would definitely get that.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Dr. Smith was excellent. I'd seen a rheumatologist in the past, but she left me with little more information than I had when I walked into her office. Dr. Smith spent a great deal of time asking me questions and explaining what he would need to know to make a diagnosis. He was personable, knowledgeable and extremely understanding. I had a huge printout of bloodwork results going back several years, and he helped me make sense of it. The bloodwork he then ordered brought us closer to understanding what is going on, and I now know what we need to look for in the future. I left his office feeling better and more enlightened. I am happy that Dr. Smith will be following me from now on.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Smith has been my rheumatologist for many years. We discuss my condition at every appointment, and any new treatments.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

have recommended Dr.Smith.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Felt very comfortable with Dr. He was very attentive and thorough!!!

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

the doctor was very honest about presenting my situation and options

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Smith has done an excellent job as my rhuem.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Dr. smith is simply the best!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Dr. Smith is competent, kind and a genuine asset to your group!

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.

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