Dr. Brian R. Smith specializes in laparoscopic, robotic and open surgeries of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as bariatric procedures. He treats gastrointestinal malignancies and is expert in the repair of ventral, incisional, hiatal/diaphragmatic and inguinal hernias. His research interests include Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria responsible for most ulcers), gastric pathology and foregut oncology, metabolic surgery, robotic foregut surgery and surgical education. Smith is also actively researching the use of bioabsorbable materials for repair of inguinal hernias.
Smith received his medical degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara and completed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. During his residency, he was named Chief Resident Teacher of the Year. He completed a fellowship specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center. Smith is an active member of numerous local and national surgical organizations. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) named him the 2012 Health Policy Scholarship Recipient and he has received numerous teaching awards, including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 John E. Connolly Awards for resident teaching at UC Irvine.