Michael Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and Research Health Scientist in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of the LTC Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI. He is the current and founding Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Michigan Health. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a pharmacy practice and internal medicine specialty residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is also a board certified specialist in pharmacotherapy.

Areas of research interest include: the safe and effective use of analgesics in centralized pain, older adults with and who survive cancer, appropriate use of medications in these vulnerable patients, and the expansion of clinical pharmacist scope of practice.

Research Interests

  • Safe and effective use of opioids in palliative care patients

  • Pain and symptom management

  • Appropriate use of medications in palliative care patients

  • Pharmacogenetics of pain and symptom management


  • 2023 Preceptor of the Year, University of Michigan Health
  • 2022 FCCP, ACCP