Dr David Smith undertook clinical training in Southampton, London, Swansea, Cardiff and Paris. He was awarded a research doctorate degree from the University of London for research work in the field of coronary artery disease progression and coronary plaque stability. Dr Smith’s current research interests include blood clot structure and function in acute coronary syndromes (for which he collaborates with Prof Adrian Evans at Swansea); cardiovascular electronic informatics linkage (collaborating with the SAIL team at Swansea University) and participation in multi-centre clinical trials studying innovative techniques and devices in cardiovascular medicine.
Dr Smith is an honorary Senior Lecturer at the College of Medicine at Swansea University. He has presented his research nationally and internationally and published over 50 peer reviewed papers. He was one of the co-chairs of the Welsh Specialised Cardiac Services Review in 2010 and he was also a member of the NICE guideline development group for national guidance on the acute management of heart attack in the UK. Dr Smith is also an elected current member of the council of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS).
As well as managing all forms of coronary disease, Dr Smith performs a wide range of coronary interventions including coronary angiography and angioplasty via the radial artery, intravascular imaging with ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, rotational atherectomy and revascularisation of chronic occluded coronary arteries (CTO). In addition to coronary artery disease management and intervention, Dr Smith also manages patients with heart valve disease and performs structural intervention in the form of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).