Martin Smith, STD

Martin Smith, STD
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Martin Smith, STD

Department Center for Ethics,Humanities and Spiritual Care
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Martin Smith, STD

Martin L. Smith, S.T.D., has been employed full-time as a clinical ethicist since 1987. He received his doctoral degree in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, in 1980.

He was a Staff Bioethicist at the Cleveland Clinic for thirteen years (1987-2000). In February, 2001, he joined The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as Chief of Clinical Ethics and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care. In June 2006, he returned to Cleveland Clinic as the Director of Clinical Ethics in the Department of Bioethics.

From 1995 to 2000, he served as President of the Bioethics Network of Ohio (BENO). His published writings include titles and topics on euthanasia, the medical futility debate, forgoing artificial nutrition and hydration, blood transfusions and Jehovah’s Witness patients, institutional ethics committees, informed consent, medical mistakes, and pastoral care and bioethics.

He is a native of Northeastern Ohio.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Professional Highlights

  • President of the Bioethics Network of Ohio, 1995-2000
  • Chief of Clinical Ethics, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2001-2006

Specialty Interests

ethics consultation, end-of-life issues, institutional ethics committees, medical mistakes, informed consent


  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Bioethics Network of Ohio
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine
Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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