Having qualified from St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School and trained in cardiology at the Brompton and St Thomas’ Hospitals David Smith was appointed consultant cardiologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 1991.He introduced invasive coronary investigation and coronary angioplasty to the hospital and pioneered primary angioplasty as a treatment for major heart attacks. Having been the first in the country to demonstrate the value and feasibility of this treatment, he campaigned for its introduction as the national standard of care which it became in 2007.
He has played a prominent role in the department for many years as lead clinician, in the hospital as chairman of the Medical Staff Committee and in the region as Medical Director of the Peninsula Cardiac Network. He has had served as Secretary of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society and various roles with the British Cardiovascular Society, the Royal College of Phyicians, the DVLA, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
David continues to perform both emergency and elective angioplasty and sees a wide variety of general cardiology outpatients and emergencies and undertakes medico-legal work. He and has been consulting for private patients for many years at Charlotte Mews consulting rooms but has now joined Exeter Heart to consult at the Nuffield Hospital.