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

  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Bursitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Painful Joints
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
View all 31 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 School - 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 6/12/2018, 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

108 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

I think Dr Smith is great. He is personable and seems to really care. He books up months ahead but I was willing to wait in order to be able to see him.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr Smith was thorough and very easy to talk to

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

I am very pleased with Dr. Smith. I have a somewhat rare disease. He has a good grasp of it.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Dr. Howard Smith is an outstanding rheumatologist. He provides excellent care. The nurses and staff at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood do a terrific job, too. Thank you for the outstanding care!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2018

Dr. Smith is very good at listening to my questions and answers in understandable terms.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

It was a very long wait to see the doctor. They said they were having computer problems but it really seemed like they were overbooked. When going for lab work they told me I wasn't due for lab work until September. They were going to turn me away until I looked closer at the date on the paperwork and saw it was the exact same date but September instead of July and advised them it looked like a typo. Instead of just dismissing it, they made a phone call to the doctors'office and verified the date and I was able to get lab work almost immediately. This extra effort was greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Excellent provider! I wish I would have made this appointment years ago.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

I have been coming to the Cleveland Clinic for 4 years and am very impressed with the hospital and my experience there. I will continue to follow at the Cleveland Clinic with Dr.Smith as I am very pleased with his care

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

waited over an hour till the dr saw me. No reason given

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

I didn't even sit all the way down before my name was called! So there was no wait time, had some wait for the doctor, but just a few minutes.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Smith promptly responded to my questions that were posed to him after my office visit. His prompt actions reduced stress on me as it confirmed my path forward in dealing with my illness.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2018

dr Smith was very caring and explained in detail

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2018

I liked Dr Smith a great deal. very knowledgeable and attentive

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2018

the doc examined me and was able to diagnose me immediately with a referral to the correct clinic

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