Arnold Palmer Hospital Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders
Amy Smith, MD, is a neuro-oncologist and part of the pediatric hematology/oncology team with The Haley Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology.
Dr. Smith earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and completed her internship in pediatrics and her pediatric residency both at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver followed by her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation with specialized training in pediatric neuro-oncology.
Prior to joining the team at The Haley Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Dr. Smith worked as an assistant professor of pediatrics as well as a joint assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery for the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.
As one of the nation’s leaders in pediatric neuro-oncology, Dr. Smith has won many honors and awards for her work. She is also involved with many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and the Children’s Oncology Group.
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