Leonard Barry Smith

From EverybodyWiki Bios & Wiki

Leonard Barry Smith, D.D.S. M.Sc FRCD FAAPD Diplomate ABPD, (born December 1, 1945), is a Canadian pediatric dentist and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine,University of Calgary.[1] At one time, in the course of his career, Smith acquired the moniker, “Dr. Good Tooth.” He is best known for his seminal work in creating impressions of teeth belonging to newborns (ages 24 hrs - 48 hrs) with cleft palates in order to construct appliances that would align their upper jaws, prior to surgery, as a means to allow them to suck and nurse.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

As a child, Smith suffered badly from a congenital dental defect that required years of orthodontic correction. He vowed that, when he grew up, he would do everything in his power to prevent other innocent kids from experiencing the suffering and humiliation resulting from tooth disease.

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS, University of Alberta (1968).
  • Residency at The Children's Hospital of Winnipeg (1970)
  • Master of Science degree (M.Sc) and Pedodontics certification, Ohio State University (1972).

Professional career[edit]

Smith’s focus has been early childhood caries (ECC), the most common, chronic infectious disease in children age five and younger in North America.[3]

  • Consultant, Cleft Palate Clinic, Alberta Children's Hospital (1973-1990)
  • Director of the Dept of Pediatric Dentistry, Alberta Children's Hospital (1974-1986)
  • Consultant, Hemophilia Clinic, Alberta Children's Hospital (1980-2003)
  • Consultant, Rockyview General Hospital, (1978-1994)
  • Consultant, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, (1988-1994)
  • Consultant, Foothills Hospital, ( 1972-1994)
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Manitoba (1970-1971)
  • Chief Examiner, Pediatric Dentistry, British Columbia College of Dental Surgeons (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary (1975-Current)

Between 1982-1983, Smith served as President at the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped [4]

Personal life[edit]

Smith was born in Calgary to parents Morris & Anne Smith and raised in humble circumstances. For the first several years, the entire family lived on the upper floor of his grandparent’s house. He has been married to Hilda Chasia (Szternfeld) Smith, for 44 years and they have two children, Penny and Mandy, plus two grandsons.

Humanitarian service and contributions[edit]

Smith donates pro bono dental service each month to Inn From the Cold, an organization that provides shelter, sanctuary, clothing, food and medical care for homeless children and their families.[5][6]

Foundation for a Healthy Mouth (Healthy Child)[edit]

  • Founder and President, The Society for Healthy Mouth-Healthy Child (Alberta)
  • Founder and President, Foundation for Healthy Mouth-Healthy Child (Phoenix, Arizona) [7]


  • Author, Atlas of Early childhood caries (ECC) [8]
  • Contributor, Journal of the American Dental Association [9]
  • Dental Editor, Family Health Magazine[10]

Honors and Awards[edit]

  • Integrity Award, Rotary Club of Calgary (2005) [11]
  • Special Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics (2014) [12]


  • ""The First Smile" with Dr. Leonard Smith, Shaw TV Calgary (2015)".
  • "Dr. Leonard Smith, Most Inspiring Albertans, CTV News (2018)".


This article "Leonard Barry Smith" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical and/or the page Edithistory:Leonard Barry Smith. Articles copied from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be seen on the Draft Namespace of Wikipedia and not main one.