Nikki Smith MD Transition from Fellow to Faculty
Makenna Flory Nov 16, 2022
Nichole Smith, MD, BS, BA is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and specializes in lung transplantation and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) at Methodist Hospital. Her education began by completing her bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Philosophy in her home state of Wisconsin. Dr. Smith attended Ross University School of Medicine for her medical training. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in Peoria, IL and then moved to Indiana to complete her Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University. During residency she co-authored the leading review on the ‘Outbreak of Synthetic Cannabinoid-Associated Coagulopathy in Illinois’ in the New England Journal of Medicine. She presented these results at Medicine Grand Rounds at UICOMP, was awarded the 2019 CHEST conference Top Case Reports, and the article was listed in the American Board of Emergency Medicine 2021 MedTox Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) Reading List. She was also involved in the two outbreak-related committees, the Anti-thrombosis Subcommittee at UICOMP and the Co-19 Outbreak Committee at Eskenazi Hospital.
Following her fellowship, she started her work in advanced lung disease at Methodist Hospital in July 2021, managing transplant patients both inpatient and outpatient, as well as ECMO patients. She has assumed the roles of Medical Director of the Center of Life for Thoracic Transplant (COLTT), Medical Director of the Solid Organ Transplant Unit, and Associate Director of ECMO in spring of 2022. The COLTT center is a comprehensive pulmonary rehab program that specializes in the rehabilitation of advanced heart and lung patients. The adult ECMO program averages 70-140 cases a year and is one of the top programs globally in numbers and maintains above national average outcomes.