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Gerald Smetana, MD

Specialty in Internal Medicine and Primary Care

Dr. Gerald Smetana is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. He practices outpatient primary care general internal medicine in an academic setting at Beth Israel Deaconess, where he also completed his residency. Dr. Smetana received his medical degree at University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.

Practice names

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Clinician Educator, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Education and training

MD, University of California, San Francisco

BS, University of California, Los Angeles


National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate

Massachusetts Medical License

American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate

Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Intern, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Publication Highlights

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Smetana GW, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Factors that influence patient response to requests to change to a unified restrictive formulary. J Gen Intern Med. 2004;19(12):1212–1219. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.30362.x

Evans KL, Brown SR, Smetana GW. Sample closet medications are neither novel nor useful: a crosssectional study. J Am Board Fam Med 2013;26:380-387.Gerald W. Smetana, MD33. DOI:

Smetana GW. The diagnostic value of historical features in primary headache syndromes: a comprehensive review. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(18):2729-2737. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.18.2729

Smetana GW, Shmerling RH. Does this patient have temporal arteritis? JAMA. 2002;287(1):92-101. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.92