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Cecilia M. Smith

Cecilia M. Smith, DO

Associate Dean, Tower Health Regional Campus; Professor and Interim Academic Chair, Department of Medicine

Department: Medicine

Specialties: Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care


  • DO - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1976)
  • BS, Biology - Villanova University (1971)

Awards & Honors

  • NIH National Pulmonary Faculty Training Award
  • New Investigator Research Award NIH/NIEHS
  • Physician California Research and Medical Education Fund, American Lung Association
  • Physician of the Year Award, UCSD Medical Center
  • Physician of the Year, UCSD Medical Center Nursing Award
  • Clinical Practice Award, American College of Physicians, Pennsylvania Chapter

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • American Lung Association of California, Board Member
    • Executive Committee
    • Finance Committee
  • California Thoracic Society, Member
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Executive Committee
    • Education Committee
  • American Thoracic Society, Member
  • American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Committee on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
    • Thoracic Organ Committee, Member
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
    • Group on Resident Affairs
  • Association of Professors of Medicine, American Academy of Internal Medicine
  • Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Member

Affiliated Hospitals

Tower Health - Reading Hospital

Cecilia M. Smith, DO, is associate dean, Tower Health Regional Campus, and professor and interim academic chair of the Department of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. Trained in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Smith is the chair of the Department of Medicine at Reading Hospital, Tower Health.

A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital. She completed her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Upon completion, she joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine where she advanced to professor of medicine. Her primary area of specialty was interstitial lung diseases and lung transplantation, including serving in the role of the medical director of the Lung Transplant program; she was an invited speaker on these topics. Dr. Smith became the medical director of UCSD Medical Center, and associate dean for medical center affairs (graduate medical education), supporting medical education programs including approximately 600 trainees in all specialties of graduate medical education.

Dr. Smith was recruited to Reading Hospital as chair of the Department of Medicine in 2004 from UCSD. In this capacity she has strengthened and expanded clinical programs, developed a Center for Research — initially embedded in the Department of Medicine, and now expanded to an institutional program — and developed or expanded residency and fellowship programs within internal medicine and its subspecialties. She held clinical professor of medicine positions at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University Medical College prior to becoming the interim academic chair of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Smith served on numerous faculty, medical center, health system, and School of Medicine committees and initiatives for the University of California. Since joining Reading Hospital, she serves on administrative and medical staff committees, including the board of directors of Reading Hospital, Tower Health. She has served on faculty committees within the department and organizationally. Dr Smith served on local, state and national pulmonary professional society committees and as a reviewer for professional journals over her professional career.

Dr. Smith’s professional interest continues to be focused on all levels of medical education: undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education as well as faculty development and mentorship programs. She has provided bedside to didactic clinical teaching, including mentoring researchers, clinical medical educators and trainees. She has spearheaded professional development initiatives. She is proud to serve as a personal mentor to many physicians within and outside her department.


"Quality of Life and the Role of Palliative Care in Advanced Lung Disease:
Gilbert CR, Smith CM
In: Advanced Lung Disease: Challenges and Solutions. Guest Eds: Padilla ML, Little V, Shah L. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine.  2009 Feb; 76(1): 63-70

"Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias"
Yung GL, Smith CM
In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine. 7th ed. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens, 2014

"The Lungs in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Sclerosis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease"
Smith CM, Yung GL
In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine. 7th ed. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens, 2014

"Pulmonary Langerhans Cells Histiocytosis"
Smith CM, Yung GL
In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine. 7th ed. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens, 2014.

"Neurofibromatosis, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and Tuberous Sclerosis"
Smith CM, Yung GL
In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine. 7th ed. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens, 2014

Sarcoidosis: A Primer
Efferen LS, Smith CM, Co-Editor and Chapter Author
In: Patient Education Guide, American College of Chest Physicians, submitted June 2011

  • "Diagnostic Testing – General"
    Smith, CM
    Pages 6-14, submitted June 2011
  • "Medications"
    Smith, CM
    Pages 22-26, submitted June 2011
  • "Advanced Sarcoidosis: QOL & End of Life"
    Smith, CM
    Pages 81-86, submitted June 2011

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Department of Medicine
Reading Hospital Tower Health
420 S. 5th Avenue
West Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 484.628.8255