Kelly D. Smith M.D., Ph.D.

Kelly D. Smith M.D., Ph.D.
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  • English
  • German


  • Cardiology
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Nephrology (Kidney Care)
  • Pathology


Dr. Smith is an associate professor of pathology, and participates in the renal pathology, cardiovascular pathology and autopsy services at UW Medicine Pathology. Dr. Smith conducts research focused on how the innate immune system regulates inflammation and immune responses.

Dr. Smith earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in biochemistry, and subsequently completed his M.D. and Ph.D. training at the University of Iowa. He completed his anatomic pathology residency, surgical pathology fellowship and renal pathology fellowship at the University of Washington. He has been a faculty member in the department of pathology since 2000, and has been honored as a ""Top Doctor"" by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.

Dr. Smith is board certified in anatomic pathology, and a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Renal Pathology Society, the American Society of Nephrologists, the American Association of Immunologists and the American Society of Microbiology.

Patient Care Philosophy

I strive to provide the best diagnostic information to assist patients and their caregivers in making treatment decisions.

Clinical Interests

Clinical research in molecular diagnosis of kidney and cardiovascular diseases.

Research Interests

Innate immune system; the microbiome; infectious diseases; inflammatory disorders.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Iowa Medical education 1996
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency
UW - Immunology Fellowship Program Fellowship
UW - Renal Pathology Fellowship Fellowship
Degree Institution Year
MD Univ. of Iowa 1996

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology 2000