Dr. Cheves Smythe
Dr. Cheves Smythe

Dr. Cheves Smythe, the founding dean of the Medical School, has been named this year’s commencement speaker.

Commencement for the Class of 2013 will take place at 4 p.m., Friday, May 31 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Smythe was educated at Yale and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1947. He was trained in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital and Bellevue and Presbyterian Hospitals in New York. Research fellowships in the study of hepatic and renal physiology followed.

He was asked to organize The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1970, serving as dean until 1975 and then as dean pro tem from 1995-96. Smythe has served on our faculty since the Medical School opened its doors, with three leaves of absence – which included the time he became dean and then professor of medicine and chair of the department of medicine at the Aga Khan University Faculty of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan.

He is certified in both internal medicine and geriatrics. In addition to his interest in medical school organization and management, he has been recognized as a devoted and appreciated teacher of clinical medicine. His most recent efforts have been focused on developing and strengthening the medical teaching at Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital as well as assisting in the creation of our geriatric medicine program.

“Dr. Smythe established the foundation of this medical school, and we are honored to have him as our commencement speaker,” Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo said. “He has served this school, its students, and faculty for decades, and his passion for education will remain among us even after his retirement following this year’s commencement.”

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School