HOUSTON-He has helped hundreds of patients with severe, migraine-like headaches recover their lives and helped thousands feel young again through state of the art facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Kevin Smith, M.D.,F.A.C.S. is owner of the Smith Center, a state-of-the-art medical practice focused on facial plastic surgery, sinus surgery, and headache relief. He is board certified in both Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
“It is an elective surgery that is becoming more and more popular and acceptable with African-Americans,” Smith said of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. “African-Americans still age gracefully, but more are recognizing a need to maintain their appearances and look younger.”
He is also a leading facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat doctor who has been practicing in Houston, Texas for 20 years.
Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Over this time, he has developed expertise in performing more than 3000 facelifts and eyelid procedures. He also is an excellent rhinoplasty surgeon. He also developed an innovative treatment for patients with severe migraine-like headaches by looking for the source of the pain as it relates to the nose and sinuses and helped over 1000 patients find relief from their headache pain which led him to write his book called, The Migraine Imposter.
“I believe in my results being natural and you looking like a younger you,” he said. “More African-Americans want to look desirable longer and my work makes you have a natural refreshed look.”
His resume includes adults of all ages and has performed facelifts on women as old as 92.
For the past two decades, he housed his medical practice, including his facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology and has been located in the Texas Medical Center since 1993.
Today he has his own location in River Oaks at 1701 South Shepherd Drive, Suite D, Houston, Texas 77019 behind Barnaby’s Restaurant.
“My work with people is rewarding,” he said. “However, my goal is to be a positive example for young African-Americans to follow and model and send message that achieving the things we have achieved ( as a physician) are real and attainable in life.”
His successes started with his focus on education and goal setting at an early age.
He is the the eldest of four children and started at home. His parents, parents Joe and Opal Smith were chemistry and mathematics majors at Prairie View A&M University.
Much of what he learned from his parents helped motivate him to achieve academic success and led to him in the path towards doing great things.
Coincidentally, his father was named “Most Popular” and his mother was Miss Prairie View 1954.
Smith said both shaped his personality and because of their academic majors, math and science were also his strongest subjects.
While attending David W. Carter High School in Dallas, Texas Smith excelled in football as a quarterback and safety.
He also found success in the classroom, serving as president of the National Honor Society and Student Council. Some of his other great accomplishment was winning the Dallas Morning News Teenage Citizenship Tribute Award given to the most outstanding senior in Dallas and surrounding counties.
“The night of the award I had a track meet and after running the 300 hurdles I had to grab my things and run to the car to head home take a shower and attend the banquet a few minutes late (and much to his surprise) won the award over some very strong candidates,” he said.
He credits his steady hand in medicine to the early development of his artistic side. He took drafting class and those efforts helped him place in several city wide home design competitions. He later worked as a junior draftsman at Dresser Industries during the summers.
“These and other experiences helped mold and develop my attention to details,” he said.
Smith attended The University of Michigan on a football scholarship (1978-1981) because they were ranked top 10 in pre-medical studies and football.
“I then chose to return home to Texas for medical school at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston,” he said. “I also completed my residency there in otolaryngology becoming the first and currently the only African-American to do so.”
He was also the first African-American to be selected and complete a facial plastic surgery fellowship at the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic. Overall, the training was an excellent preparation for my career, Smith added.
He obtained his education and also completed his residency in Otolaryngology. Advanced training was achieved through an externship in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and a fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Smith has served for the past 16 years as an Assistant Clinical Faculty Member in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He was appointed to the Texas Medical Board, is active in his local medical society, and mentors students.
Since starting his practice, his list of accomplishments keep growing and he is focused only on his areas of expertise.
“I stay with what I do best and doing that allows me to focus on giving my patients the best and helping them live their best life,” he said. “It also keeps my practice personal as I interact and get to hear stories and learn directly from the people I serve.”
Smith also focuses on areas of interest that include sinus surgery, migraine –type headache treatment related to sinus, allergy and deviated septum as the cause. His facial expertise includes facelift, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty.
“The migraine cure is a passion of mine because I can perform a simple 20 minute procedure and give relief to someone who has suffered for years,” he said. “My philosophy is to treat each patient as I would a family member while focusing on educating them on all aspects of care.”
Smith also has hospital privileges at Hermann Memorial Hospital and is affiliated with several outpatient surgery centers (Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, Palladium for Surgery and Hospital for Specialized Surgery).
He is highly sought out internationally to lecture on a variety of medical topics. Smith has appeared frequently on local Houston radio and television shows, and has appeared on National television shows, including Inside Edition and The Today Show.
Smith remains passionate about his ability to provide patients who have long suffered from severe headache pain, a brighter future. He also has written a book called “The Migraine Imposter”. Information about the book is available at www.TheMigraineImposter.com.
He also seeks some visibility and opportunities to share his story with African-American youth and help in the development of youth and leaders for tommorrow.
On a personal level, Smith loves to golf and motor coach. He has traversed 12 states, 5500 miles in 9 days from New York to Pebble Beach. He also has gained an appreciation for nature and the outdoors over the years. Other interests of mine include travel, music and art.
Smith is married to a beautiful wife and they have two beautiful girls.
“My work is interesting and fun,” he said. “I love people and working with people and helping them look and feel their very best.”