Professor Emeritus, UCSF
Founder, Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
Dr. David Smith founded Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in 1967 to serve the thousands of people that flocked to San Francisco during the Summer of Love who needed health care that was free and nonjudgmental. He has built a free medical care system based on fundraising and concerts led by Joplin, Hendrix, and others. He has also been the go-to physician for many Bay Area professionals in the entertainment industry. Dr. Smith is wildly considered to be the world’s expert on the 60s and with Drs. Inaba and Gay founded Rock Medicine clinic, in the spring of 1973 during two consecutive Saturday concerts at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco featuring The Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Bill Graham asked the Clinic to staff a "medical emergency care tent" during both concerts. The "medical emergency care tent" became Rock Medicine, which is a branch of the Clinic that still exists today and provides medical care at hundreds of Northern California music concerts and events each year.
Dr. Smith is the founder and publisher of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, which has been published since 1967. Additionally, he is co-author of the textbook "Clinician's Guide to Substance Abuse" and "Unchain Your Brain" which provides practical tools for addiction patients and addiction professionals. He has served as the Medical Consultant for the Professional Recovery Program at the Betty Ford Center, Medical Director for the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently Adjunct Professor Emeritus at UCSF and Addiction Medicine Chair of Muir Wood, Alta Mira and Newport Academy.
Dr. Smith is an expert on drugs, drug abuse and dependence who has experience in the field from the streets and concerts to private settings. He has been a national leader of ASAM and at the State level of CSAM. He has consulted to many governmental agencies, directors, governors and the White House.