Dr. Michael Smith, MD was a pioneer in our field, most noted for his development and implementation of the use of acupuncture for substance abuse. For over 30 years, at the Lincoln Hospital and through the efforts of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, Dr. Smith was a tireless advocate of the benefits of Chinese medicine. Dr. Smith was responsible for acupuncture licensure in states which first experienced the benefit of acupuncture detox and then concluded that the full use of acupuncture must be even more valuable. Dr. Smith was the first advisory board member of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. He generously introduced us to other advisory board members and faculty. He was a friend who provided a needed sense of confidence that our project could succeed. Without Dr. Smith, Pacific College New York would not be what it is today. Dr. Smith was also a regular presenter at Pacific Symposium.
Please visit the Pacific Center for Lifelong Learning for a selection of Dr. Smith’s archived Symposium lectures so you can all experience the wisdom of one of our profession’s most important figures. Thousands of acupuncturists and millions of recovering addicts owe the deepest debt of gratitude to Dr. Michael Smith. We can honor his memory by continuing his work. Thank you, Michael.