Alison A. Smith, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Louisiana State University Health
Department of Surgery
1542 Tulane Ave Room 751
New Orleans, LA 70112

Office Phone: (504)903-9009
Email: asmi60@lsuhsc.edu


BS - Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
BS - Chemistry, Virginia Tech
MD - Tulane University School of Medicine
PhD - Biomedical Sciences, Tulane University School of Medicine


Alison A. Smith was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, and graduated summa cum laude with dual bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Biological Sciences in 2007. She was presented with Virginia Tech’s “Woman of the Year” award and she was further recognized for her leadership role in the Hokies United organization following the mass shootings on campus.  In 2010, Alison founded and served as the inaugural Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Sante Total, and she remains an active board member. She has participated in multiple medical service trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Kenya.  In addition, Alison has served as an educator to train first responders in basic life support and trauma skills with Operation Smile in southeast Asia. In 2014, Alison completed the Physician Scientist Program at Tulane University receiving both medical and doctorate degrees. Her doctoral thesis on the use of stem cells to treat chronic wounds was under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Bellows in the Department of Surgery at Tulane University.  Alison graduated from General Surgery residency at Tulane University in 2019 and received recognition as the “Resident of the Year” from University Medical Center.  She completed her Surgical Critical Care fellowship at University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio in 2020. Her husband, Edward Ready, is a lawyer who operates his own firm in New Orleans

Clinical Interests

Stem cells, inflammation, wound healing, hemorrhagic shock, resuscituation

Additional Info

Affiliated Hospitals & Clinics

Trauma/Acute Care/Critical Care

University Medical Center

2000 Canal Street

New Orleans, LA 70112