Clinical Professor Saxon Smith is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Otago, New Zealand and holds a Masters of Health Law and Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) from the University of Sydney. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2019, he was admitted to the Roll of Fellows with the Australian Medical Association for services to medicine and the association, as well as received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Australasian College of Dermatologists for services in dermatology education, research and college committees.
Clinical Professor Saxon Smith has practiced dermatology in a number of teaching hospitals including the St Vincent’s Hospital, John Hunter Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and Royal North Shore. Currently, he is in private practice in Gosford and St Leonards, and a visiting medical officer (AMO) at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga. For many years he as a staff specialist dermatologist at Royal North Shore Hospital where he ran a cutaneous oncology clinic with surgical dermatology and immuno-oncology patients, as well as a subspecialty multi-disciplinary clinics in the management of hidradenitis suppurativa, dermatological issues in renal transplant patients and dermatological issues in neurology patients.
Clinical Professor Saxon Smith is actively involved in clinical research and has over 90 publications and over 130 published abstracts in national and international peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. He received the Adrian Johnson Prize from the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2010 for his research and publication around topical corticosteroid phobia. He is co-editor-in-chief of Opinions and Progress in Cosmetic Dermatology (the journal for the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists).
He is a Clinical Professor with The Australian National University (ANU) and an Honorary Associate with The University of Sydney and has been involved in teaching medical school students as well as acting as a supervisor for Higher Degree by Research (PhDs, Masters, and Honours) candidates. He has spent many years as a clinical supervisor, especially cutaneous surgery, for registrars/trainees from the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Clinical Professor Saxon Smith is a past President of the Australian Medical Association of New South Wales. He spent 6 years as the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory representative on Australian Medical Association Federal Council. He spent 16 years on the Australian Medical Association (NSW) Council and 10 years on the Board of Directors of AMA(NSW), including chairing the board for 2 years. He is a past chair of the New South Wales Faculty, and nationally a past chair of the Representatives Committee and the Public Affairs Committee for the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He currently is a member of the STP taskforce for the College which supervises nationally the government funding or trainee positions and assessment of potential new training sites for The Australasian College of Dermatologists. He spent 2 years on the national trainee interview selection panel for the College.
Clinical Professor Saxon Smith is a spokesperson on various health issues and public health campaigns on behalf of the Australian Medical Association and the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He is involved in various committees and advisory boards for government, not-for-profit and private sectors.