Howard Part, M.D., dean for Wright State University School of Medicine presented the Dean's Award to David Lucas Smith, during graduation ceremonies held at Memorial Hall on June 7.
"David is truly a leader who gives of himself to his fellow students and to the community," states Part. For his compassionate and caring leadership, his strong community commitment and character, and his good interpersonal relationships his fellow students also presented him with their 'Unsung Hero Award'.
Smith is a native of Delaware, Ohio, and he holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame in Southbend, Indiana. Smith is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He volunteers at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Reach Out of Montgomery County, and the Gospel Mission in Dayton. He has been active in organizing a blood drive, a bone marrow registration, a food and clothing drive for the St. Vincent de Paul organization, several Special Olympics events, and the St. Joseph's prom for teenage foster children. In addition Smith has participated in the School of Medicine's Student-to-Student program where med students give informational talks and demonstrations to elementary school children throughout the Miami Valley.
Smith states that while growing up his parents, both former Peace Corp volunteers, instilled in him the credo "medicine and service." He says he was drawn to medicine because of the relationships that can be formed while serving others, and for the sense of fulfillment that comes through helping somebody overcome some of life's obstacles. From a compassionate ear to helping with the concrete rights of food and shelter for a night-these are goals Smith reaches to attain.
Smith has chosen the field of pediatrics and will serve his residency with the Ohio State University Children's Hospital.