David L. Smith, MD

Professor of Clinical Radiology

Professor of Clinical Medicine (Joint Appointment)

Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy (Joint Appointment)

Co-Director of Musculoskeletal Research

(504) 568-4647


Doctor of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
New York, NY

Bachelor of Science
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Yale University
New Haven, CT                                                                 


Dr. Smith graduated from Yale University (SY '00) with a BS in Molecular Biology; obtained his Doctorate of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City (2004); and completed his internship at the University of Tennessee at Memphis (2005). He graduated from Wake Forest University's Radiology residency program (2009) and from the MRI fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans (2010). His primary academic appointment is as Professor of Radiology at LSU Health New Orleans (since 2010), and he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Cell Biology & Anatomy. He also is a faculty member of the South Louisiana Veterans Health Care System hospital in New Orleans where he aids in high-level diagnostic imaging. He practices, teaches, and lectures in Cardiothoracic, Abdominopelvic, and Musculoskeletal subspecialties. He is a member of several professional and academic societies and committees and has lectured nationally and internationally on a range of topics in Radiology, including his area of special interest, Interstitial Lung Disease. Dr. Smith is the Director of Medical Student Education in Radiology at LSU Health New Orleans and teaches medical students, Radiology residents and fellows, and residents and fellows from a number of other specialties daily. Dr. Smith brings to bear his interests and years of study in Classical Antiquity, language and linguistics, philosophy and logic, Western intellectual history, visual arts and music, and woodworking and stained glass crafts as co-director of the Humanities in Medicine courses offered to 2nd and 4th year medical students. He delivers lectures on Radiology topics to students in required courses and electives throughout medical school. Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Teaching Activities

Coordinator for Medical Student Education

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

LSU School of Medicine Student Promotions Committee
LSU School of Medicine Junior Faculty Guidance and Mentoring Committee

Selected Publications

Smith DL, Grenier JP, Batte C, Spieler B. A Characteristic Chest Radiographic Pattern in the Setting of COVID-19 Pandemic. Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. 2020, 2(5). https://doi.org/10.1148/ryct.2020200280

Kheir F, Smith DL, Lasky J, et al. Using Bronchoscopic Lung Cryobiopsy and a Genomic Classifier in the Multidisciplinary Diagnosis of Diffuse Interstitial Lung Diseases [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 25]. Chest. 2020;S0012-3692(20)31499-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2020.05.532

Atwi, NE, Smith, DL, Flores, CD, et al. Dual-energy CT in the obese: a preliminary retrospective review to evaluate quality and feasibility of the single-source dual-detector implementation. Abdom Radiol 44, 783–789 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00261-018-1774-y

Elgendi M, Nasir MU, Tang Q, Smith D, et al. The Effectiveness of Image Augmentation in Deep Learning Networks for Detecting COVID-19: A Geometric Transformation Perspective. Front. Med. 8:629134. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2021.629134