Dr. Smith’s focus in research historically has been in lung injury prevention in the preterm and term neonate. She has studied ventilator techniques and different ventilation support modalities and currently is working clinically on strategies to minimize lung trauma in infants requiring ventilation due to respiratory failure at birth in very sick preterm and term infants and particularly in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
Because of this interest she serves as the Manager of Divisional Respiratory Care Programs with the goal of promoting improved ventilation strategies for neonates requiring ventilatory support in our region. Dr. Smith also is involved in the extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program for neonates and serves on the ECLS Steering Committee, which focuses on improving techniques to maximally support newborn infants with severe respiratory failure not responsive to conventional ventilatory therapies. Dr. Smith is co-Medical Director of the Children’s Ground Transport Team and serves as an advisor for Airlift Northwest’s neonatal transports.