Robert Smith, MD, MPH

Director and Co-Founder, Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory

Director, Division of Infectious Disease, Maine Medical Center


BA:  Harvard University
MD:  Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
MPH:  Harvard University

Dr. Smith is an infectious disease physician with research interests in molecular epidemiology and ecology of emergent vector-borne diseases (Lyme, Babesia, Anaplasma, Powassan Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus), as well as clinical recognition and diagnosis of emergent vector-borne diseases.

Dr. Smith was the founding director of the Virology Treatment Center at Maine Medical Center in 1991, and continues to serve as its Medical Director and the Division Director for Infectious Diseases at Maine Medical Center.  He is the Co-founder and Director of the Vector-borne Disease Laboratory.  Dr. Smith’s academic affiliation is with the Tufts University School of Medicine where he serves as a Professor of Medicine.

Cavanaugh CE, Muscat PL, Telford SR 3rd, Goethert H, Pendlebury W, Elias SP, Robich R, Welch M, Lubelczyk CB, Smith RP. Fatal Deer Tick Virus Infection in Maine. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Sep 15;65(6):1043-1046. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix435. PMID: 28903511.

Elias SP, Keenan P, Kenney JL, Morris SR, Covino KM, Robinson S, Foss KA, Rand PW, Lubelczyk C, Lacombe EH, Mutebi JP, Evers D, Smith RP Jr. Seasonal Patterns in Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Antibody in Songbirds in Southern Maine. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2017 May;17(5):325-330. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2016.2029. Epub 2017 Mar 13. PMID: 28287934.

Lubelczyk C, Lacombe EH, Elias SP, Beati L, Rand PW, Smith RP Jr. Parasitism of mustelids by ixodid ticks (Acari: Ixodidae), Maine and New Hampshire, U.S.A. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2014 Jun;5(4):432-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2014.02.001. Epub 2014 Mar 15. PMID: 24690190.

Smith RP, Elias SP, Borelli T, Missaghi B, York BJ, Kessler RA, Lubelczyk CB, Lacombe E, Hayes CM, Coulter M, Rand PW.  Human Babesiosis, Maine, USA, 1995-2011. Emerging Infect Disease 2014; 20:1723-1726. PMID 25272145.

Daikh BE, Emerson FE, Smith RP, Lucas FL, McCarthy CA. Lyme arthritis: a comparison of presentation, synovial fluid analysis, and treatment course in children and adults. Arthritis Care and Research 2013 ; 65 :1986-1990.  doi 10.10021.acr.22686. PMID 23925915.

Elias SP, Lubleczyk  CB, Rand PW, Staples JK, St. Amand TW, Stubbs CS, Lacombe EH, Smith LB, Smith RP. Effect of botanical acaricide on Ixodes scapularis (Acari:Ixodidae) and non-target arthropods.  J. Med Entomol. 2013; 50: 126-136.

Angel T, Jacobs J, Smith RP, Pasternack M et al. Cerebrospinal fluid proteome in patients with acute Lyme disease. J Proteome Research 2012 ; 11 (10):4814-22. doi: 10.1021/pr300577p.Epub 2012 Aug 31. PMID 22900834.

MacQueen DM, Lubelczyk C, Elias S, Cahill B, Mathers A, Lacombe EH, Rand P, Smith RP. Genotypic diversity of an emergent population of Borrelia burgdorferi at a coastal Maine island recently colonized by ticks.  Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Dis 2012; 12; DOI: 10.1089. PMID22217172.

Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Elias SP, Cahill BK, Lubelczyk C, Smith RP. Multi-target test for emerging Lyme disease and anaplasmosis in a serosurvey of dogs, Maine, USA.  Emerging Infect Disease 2011; 17: 899-902. PMID 21529407.

Mathers A, Smith RP, Cahill B, Lubelczyk C, Elias S, Lacombe E, Morris SR, Vary C, Parent CE, Rand PW. Strain diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi in ticks dispersed by North American migratory birds.  J Vector Ecol 2011; 36(1): 24-29.

Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Dearborn R, Cahill B, Elias S, Lubelczyk C, Beckett GA, Smith RP. Passive surveillance in Maine, an area emergent for tick-borne diseases. J Med Entomol. 2007;44: 1118-1129.

Smith RP, Muzaffar SB, Lavers J, Lacombe EH, Cahill B, Lubelczyk CB, Kinsler A, Mathers AJ, Rand PW. Borrelia garinii in seabird ticks (Ixodes uriae), Atlantic Coast, North America. Emerging Infect Diseases. 2006; 12:1909-1911. PMID 1736943.

Holman M, Goldberg J, Caporale DA, Lacombe EH, Lubelczyk C, Rand PW, Smith RPAnaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia microti, and Borrelia burgdorferi in Ixodes scapularis, southern coastal Maine.  Emerging Infect Diseases. 2004; 10:744-746.

Smith RP, Schoen RT, Sikand DW, Nowakowski J, Parenti DM, Holman M, Persing D, Steere AS. Clinical characteristics and treatment outcome of early Lyme disease with microbiologically confirmed erythema migrans.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 2002; 136:421-428.

Smith RP, Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Morris SA, Holmes DW, Caporale DA. Role of bird migration in the long distance dispersal of Ixodes dammini; the vector of Lyme disease.  J Infect Dis. 1996; 174:221-224.

Smith RP, Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Telford SR, III, Rich SM, Piesman J, Spielman A. Norway rats as reservoir hosts for Lyme disease spirochetes on Monhegan Island, Maine.  J Infect Dis. 1993; 168:687-691.

Smith RP, Evans AT, Popovsky M, Spielman A. Transfusion acquired babesiosis and failure of antibiotic therapy. JAMA 1986; 256:2726-2777.

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