Dr. Richard Smith

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“Acute Stroke 2019 Update – Prevention, Recognition, Treatment”

Richard Vertrees Smith, M.D. is a Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City board certified neurosurgeon and Medical Director of the Mercy NeuroScience Institute including the Mercy Comprehensive Stroke Center.  Dr. Smith holds a B.S. degree from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, an M.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and completed residency training in Neurological Surgery at OU Health Science Center.  He is board certified in Neurological Surgery and was an Associate Professor Neurosurgery OUHSC 1981-82 and remains a Clinical Associate Professor at OU Health Science Center.  Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored 13 scientific research and clinical publications.  He currently serves on the Mercy Health System West Board of Trustees, Town Hall Board of Directors and the Kathryn Payne Education Center Board.   He is married to Jan Johnson Smith for 55 years with 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.  He is an active member of Crossings Community Church and serves as a Crossings Community Clinic physician volunteer for the medically underserved.  Dr Smith also speaks on the topics of:  The Process of Physical Aging and Spiritual Growth; Praise Worship Thanksgiving and Brain Neurotransmitters; Rome Byzantium and The Early Church; How The Brain Processes Language; Prevention and Treatment of Acute Stroke.  Dr. Smith is a Club 29 Rotarian and his hobbies include aviation (glider pilot) and music, playing violin with the Oklahoma City Sinfonia Orchestra.


Chair of the Day

Dick Wegener is owner of Wegener Enterprises.  He retired from a long career in temporary employment services. He is a graduate of OU.  Dick and his wife, Linda, have two daughters.

One daughter, Carly, has been a dedicated volunteer for the Club 29 Dictionary Committee in distributing  dictionaries for many years. The family is active at Chapel Hill Methodist Church.


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