Peter J. Smit, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 08/10/2022

Peter J. Smit, MD, MS

550 East Holstein Way, Murray, UT 84017 

Mobile: (585) 278-0904 | Email: [email protected] | NPI: 1619294345

Skills & Abilities

Robotic and VATS lung, esophageal, and mediastinal surgery

Chest wall reconstruction and pectus excavatum repair

Mediastinoscopy, bronchoscopy, and upper endoscopy

Laparoscopic and open general surgery

Surgical critical care aptitude

Professional experience

Thoracic Surgeon, Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, UT

7/19/2019 - Present


Thoracic Surgeon, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

7/30/2018 – 6/30/19


Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow (Board Certified 2019), Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018

Two year training program.  Broad exposure to basic and complex cardiothoracic cases.  Training in robotic lung, esophageal, and mediastinal surgery.  Experienced in VATS.


General Surgery Resident (Board Certified 2017), University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

6/21/2010 – 6/30/2016

Trained at multiple hospitals including VA, Level 1 trauma center, large general hospital, private suburban hospital, regional cancer center, and children’s hospital.  Completed additional year in basic science research between PGY-2 and PGY-3.


Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)2010

University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Dates attended: 8/21/2006 – 6/1/2010


Master of Science (M.S.) – 2006

Epidemiology, University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate School, Baltimore, MD


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2004

Mathematics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


RESearch Experience

NIH T32 Research FellowshipRuth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Mentors: Drs. Paul R. Knight and W. Alan Guo

Area of research: Aspiration-induced acute lung injury and ARDS

University at Buffalo – Departments of General Surgery & Anesthesia

July 2012 – June 2013


Clinical Research Assistant

Mentor: Dr. Grant V. Bochicchio

Areas of research: Trauma and critical care outcomes

R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD

May 2005 – Summer 2007

articles & Publications

VATS en bloc chest wall resection.

Demmy T, Smit P, Hennon M.

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery. 2018. Chapter 10.


Advanced glycation end products and their receptors in aspiration induced acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Ottosen J, Smit PJ, Guo WA.

Dietary AGEs and Their Role in Health and Disease. 2017. Chapter 16.


Dietary advanced glycation end products, its pulmonary receptor, and high mobility group box 1 in aspiration lung injury.

Smit PJ, Guo WA, Davidson BA, et al.

J Surg Research. 2014 Sep; 191(1): 214-23.


Aspiration in trauma.

Smit PJ, Guo WA.

Trauma Source: American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. 2013.

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Levels of RAGE after gastric aspiration-induced acute lung injury in mouse model of high AGE diet.

Smit PJ, Guo WA, Davidson BA, et al.

J Surg Research. 2013 Feb; ASC Abstracts


Foreign body in right side of chest.

Smit PJ, Brewer J.

JAMA. 2013; 310 (5): 529-30.

Oral presentations

Current Management of Blunt Cardiopulmonary Trauma

Intermountain Cardiovascular Grand Rounds

Salt Lake City, UT. April 2021


Modern Management of Blunt Chest Trauma

University at Buffalo General Surgery Grand Rounds

Buffalo, NY. January 2016


Aspiration of acid and food particles produces a synergistic pulmonary expression of soluble RAGE and HMGB1 in mice

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA. September 2013


Soluble RAGE and HMGB1 in the pathogenesis of aspiration-induced acute lung injury

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma National Meeting

Resident Trauma Paper Competition

San Diego, CA. March 2013


Levels of RAGE after gastric aspiration induced acute lung injury in mice with high AGE diet

Academic Surgical Congress Annual Meeting

New Orleans, LA. February 2013


Soluble RAGE and HMGB1 in the pathogenesis of aspiration-induced acute lung injury

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Regional Meeting

Resident Trauma Paper Competition (1st place)

Buffalo, NY. November 2012

State licensure/Certifications

Utah Physician License (#11287816-1205) – Expires January 31, 2024

North Carolina Physician License (# 2016-00606) – Inactive


BLS/ACLS Certified

DEA Registration (# FS-591-3670) – Expires February 28, 2022

General Surgery Board Certified (# 063032) – October 17, 2017

Thoracic Surgery Board Certified (#8580) – June 8, 2019


The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Utah Medical Association

Additional Information

Fluent in English, basic proficiency in Spanish

Interests in running, hiking, weightlifting, photography, guitar and drums

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