Dr. Philip Smith CHKD Blocks

(757) 668-8850
Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery


Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Residency: Washington University

Fellowship: University of Minneapolis Hospitals

Fellowship: Children's Memorial Hospital


Dr. Smith is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at CHKD, part of the CHKD/UVA regional collaborative for cardiac care.

Prior to his arrival at CHKD, Dr. Smith was the Clinical Director of the Heart Center and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio from 2001 to 2016. While at Akron, he developed, implemented and executed an organizational blueprint for an integrated pediatric and congenital cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. He also spearheaded a collaborative affiliation agreement between Akron Children's Hospital and MetroHealth Medical Center to provide pediatric surgical and medical subspecialty services.

From 1998 to 2001, he was Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Smith is board certified in thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac subspecialty surgery. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed post graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of Minnesota and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Smith moved with his family to Norfolk and is excited to be part of the CHKD community.

Honors & Awards
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Congenital Heart Surgeons Society
  • American College of Surgeons (fellow)
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Chest Physicians (fellow)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics