Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture


May 21, 2024
Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., MSB 3.001

Professor and Travelers Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology
Director, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut
Chief, Geriatric Medicine, UConn Health
Director, UConn Older Americans Independence (Pepper) Center
Director, NIH SenNet KAPP-Sen Tissue Mapping Center
Director, NIA Geroscience Education and Training Network
Deputy Editor, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

“Accelerating the Discovery of Gerotherapeutics: Role for Studies of  Immune Resilience and Precision Gerontology”


Cheves Smythe

Cheves Smythe, M.D.

The Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture was established in 2006 to honor  Dr. Cheves Smythe, our first dean of McGovern Medical School from 1970 – 1975.  Dr. Smythe skillfully guided the School through its early years with his long-standing commitment to the fields of geriatrics and education and his exemplary standards of leadership.

Dr. Smythe was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, educated at Yale, and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1947. He was trained in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital in Boston and Bellevue and Presbyterian Hospitals in New York. Research fellowships in the study of hepatic and renal physiology followed.   During the Korean War, he was assigned to the Naval Medical Field Research Laboratory, Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, and was responsible for a variety of applied research ventures relative to military medicine.   After 11 years on the faculty at the Medical College of South Carolina and three years as Dean, he became Associate Director of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

He was then asked to organize McGovern Medical School at Houston in 1970 where he served until November 2011. During leaves of absence, he also served as Dean, Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Aga Khan University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan.

He is certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He has been recognized as a devoted and appreciated teacher of clinical medicine, strengthening medical teaching at Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital as well as assisting in the development of the geriatric medicine program.

An endowment has been established in Dr. Smythe’s name. Contributions should be made to :
Office of Development
7000 Fannin, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77030

Past Speakers

Supriya Mohile, M.D., MS
University of Rochester

Louise Aronson, M.D., MFA
University of California, San Francisco

Judith Campisi, Ph.D.
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University

Helen Blau, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology

Lennart Mucke, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease

Linda Fried, M.D.
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health

Carol Barnes, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

Luis Miguel Gutierrez-Robledo, M.D., Ph.D.
Autonomous University
National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico

Thomas Rando, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Paul F. Glenn Laboratory for the Biology of Aging

Charles Reynolds III, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Geriatric Psychiatry

David Sinclair, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging

Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D.
Aging Research

Douglas Mann, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Washington University
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

John Morley, MB., B.CH.
Saint Louis University, St. Louis
Gateway Geriatric Center

Jeffrey Cummings, M.D.,
University of Nevada, Las Vegas