Stephen A. Smith MD

May 25, 1941February 18, 2018

Stephen A. Smith, M.D. was born on May 25, 1941 and passed away peacefully on February 18, 2018. Born in Portland, Oregon, to Esther and Addison Smith. Preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Johanna. Survived by his loving wife, Teresa Maki; Children, Christine Spangler, Stephen Smith, Bradley Smith and stepsons, Mathew and Luke Jacobsen; and 12 grandchildren. Dr. Smith was Medical Director, Neuromuscular Program, Gillette Children’s Specialty Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was also Neuropathologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Senior Clinical Instructor, Neuromuscular Neurology, Children’s Hospital Colorado Springs, Colorado; Consultant Child and Adult Neuromuscular Diseases, Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo, Colorado; and Neuromuscular Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Parkview Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado. His medical education and experiences span decades. Dr. Smith will be cremated per his wishes and a memorial service will take place in Pueblo, Colorado and Minnesota at a future date. In lieu of flowers; please send donations in memory of Dr. Stephen A. Smith to Teresa Maki at 150 W. Mangrum Ct., Pueblo West, CO., 81007.

Medical School: University of Minnesota 1962-1966

Internship: Pediatrics, University Hospital of Cleveland (Case-Western Reserve University) 1966-1967

Pediatric Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland 1967-1968 University of Minnesota Hospitals 1968-1969

Pediatric Neurology Fellowship: University of Minnesota Hospitals 1969-1970 and 1972-1974; Special Fellowship, NINDS

Military Service: Honorable separation from Public Health Service 1970-1972 Position: Regional Director of Family Planning Services, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

Boards: Diplomate of American Board of Pediatrics, Inc 1974 Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology 1977

Awards: First Class Certificate of Merit in Medicine, University of Glasglow, Glasglow, Scotland 1965 Regional Health Director's Award for Outstanding Service, Public Health Service, Denver, CO 1972

Memberships: Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners, 1968 American Academy of Neurology, 1969- Present Minnesota Society of Neurological Sciences, 1973- Present Child Neurology Society, 1974- Present Colorado Medical Association, 2000- Present Electron Microscopy Society of America 1989- Present


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Jenny Carlson

September 2, 2018

We are still missing you Dr. Smith. Your smile was contagious and your way with people was amazing. No one can fill those shoes. How do you ever say thank you enough for your kindness, love, and grace? I remember the last time we all saw each other I was teasing you and you kept saying it's nothing to worry about. It was true it was nothing to worry about but than shortly after we heard you joined our Heavenly Father. Prayers continue for your family and you are so greatly missed by all those that knew you. Thank you to your family for sharing you all the time as you were constantly coming to MN to care for all of us.

Juli Nieto

May 6, 2018

Losing Dr. Smith was close to the grief felt when losing your [own] parent or family member. Dr. Smith was a courageous man, and the most caring physician I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He bravely accepted my daughter's unusual symptoms and was the only one willing to take a risk on the behalf of a child who was suffering. In July 2011, Dr. Smith investigated, questioned, contacted colleagues around the globe, and was finally the one to diagnose my daughter with an extremely rare condition (memorialized in the attached photo). He never stopped caring for his patients and their families; even providing his personal cellular number so we could ask him questions while traveling abroad for treatment.
I pray Dr. Smith's family recognizes a bit of the amazing man and physician he was. He was a 'grandfather' to his patients and sought to help in any way possible. Even when the condition and its rarity exceeded his background, he'd always say, "I don't know yet, but I'm willing to try". The love he had for his patients was genuinely felt by them too. We love you Dr. Smith! Thank you for being a bright light in our grey world.

Star Schulz

March 19, 2018

I'm still too shocked. Dr. Smith was one of my most favorite people in the world and one of the best doctors I've ever been blessed to work with. Staff, patients and parents adored him. He was always honest and willing to spend time with his patients refusing to be rushed in todays hurry and move on medical world. He will be forever in our hearts and forever missed. We love you Dr. Smith.

Paula Vander Schaaf

March 15, 2018

Here is a fun photo from our Muscle Walk at the MOA.
(Can you please put this on with my other memory-the picture comes in upside down, even though it is the correct way when I view it)

Paula Vander Schaaf

March 15, 2018

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Smith at Gillette for 14 years. He saw me go through 2 pregnancies and was always concerned and asked how I was doing. He was always interested in my family.
I loved that he wore his cowboy boots, showed us pictures of the ranch in CO, and just how much he loved it there! I saw how he cared for our pts and their families through the years and just loved his interest in others and amazing bedside manners. He made everyone feel at ease, even in difficult circumstances.
He valued therapy and would always welcome us into the room with pts, or let us know we were needed to go see someone. He was always a team member!
He would extend himself outside work hours as well. He would attend the yearly Muscle Walk at the MOA. Fun times together!
I am so sorry for your loss! Grieving with you.
Paula Vander Schaaf

Charity Decker

March 8, 2018

I found out today of the unfortunate passing of Dr. Smith. He has been my hero for the past 15.5 years since he met us and diagnosed my son. He always treated us with such compassion and respect. He was the type of doctor who treated his patients with dignity. I am at such a loss for words and I offer my deepest, sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. He will never be forgotten.

Kimberley Woodhouse

March 8, 2018

Dr. Smith was beloved to our whole family. He was the only doctor who fully understood our daughter Kayla's case - as it is extremely rare - and would research and investigate to find answers but was also was willing to say, "I don't know, but let's find out."

An amazing man, I am heartbroken that he's gone. The BEST doctor we ever had. For more than a decade. I know he helped so many people and it was a privilege to meet one of his sons when we went to Minnesota for a conference.

Prayers for the family - our hearts go out to you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us.
Kimberley Woodhouse - Author

Jack Decker

March 8, 2018

Dr. Smith gave me my life. Ive been seeing him since I was two years old. I cant forget the smile he would greet me with and the sharp outfit he had on. He would always walk in to the room with a smile and a handshake. That smile was contagious. He was an amazing man and he will always hold a place in my heart. I just found out about his passing and I am heartbroken. My condolences to his family. I will never forget what an amazing man he was.

Karen R

March 5, 2018

My heart is heavy with sadness, but my gratitude to Dr. Smith warms it and heals me. I appreciated him so much. Misdiagnosed for over 30 years and he got it right immediately. He gave me back my life. Rest In Peace, Doc Smith.

Melissa A

March 5, 2018

You never forget the person that delivers the news that your child has SMA. However, Dr. Smith did this in a very graceful and gentle way. He was a caring and supportive doctor to my daughter for 13 years at Gillette Childrens and always looked forward to seeing her. We always remember him for wearing his cowboy boots as he traveled to St. Paul from his Pueblo CO home. My prayers and condolences go out to his family and medical colleagues.