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Qualifications and Experience
Before joining the staff of Weill Cornell Medical Associates, Dr. Smerd worked as a primary care doctor at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital and at Odyssey House, a therapeutic drug community in Spanish Harlem.
She was named chief resident after completing her medical residency at New York University. Dr. Smerd studied medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine/NY State program in Tel Aviv, Israel.
She has also lived in Kathmandu and traveled the countryside of Nepal researching Vitamin A deficiency. She earned her bachelor's degree from Vassar College, where she graduated with a major in Women's Studies focusing on Anthropology.
Though originally from Pittsburgh, Dr. Smerd now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Verified Patient Reviews
Great doctor. Super professional. Looking forward to a long relationship as my primary care doctor
Dr. Smerd is great—she doesn't make me feel rushed and listens to my symptoms carefully before making a recommendation. She's also very communicative—will write up your test results in a secure messaging system so you can communicate with her online.
Dr. Smerd and everyone in the office is extremely friendly and efficient. I was a new patient and got in and out of the office in just under an hour! Dr. Smerd is so nice and smart. I could tell she really cared about my wellness.
Dr. Smerd is just the greatest, we moved across the country and I will miss her so much!
From MD to front desk staff , nurses and techs, all were professional, thorough and pleasant. I have already recommended this practice to others. Thanks!
She is smart, warm, caring. Spent a lot of time answering questions and I will definitely see her in future. I would highly recommend.
She's easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. I'll definitely keep seeing her as my PCP.
Dr. Smerd's office is always a great experience. Everyone behind the desk is prompt and courteous and Dr. Smerd always takes the time to answer any questions I have. She is very patient and I highly recommend her!
Weill-Cornell is really organized and even has an online portal for communicating with your doctor. I'd return for sure.
Dr. Smerd was very knowledgeable and thorough. I didn't feel rushed or like I was inconveniencing her; she made me feel very comfortable and like I was an active participant in my healthcare. The nurses were excellent, too!
She was warm, direct, easy to talk to, and gave enough time to discuss what needed to be discussed.
It's always lovely to see Dr. Smerd - she's always friendly, matter of fact, and incredibly efficient.
Knowledgable. Friendly. Efficient. Plus, the office uses an app for sharing test results etc. Recommended.
I was uncomfortable at first because I've always been used to being seen by male physicians. Dr. Smerd was kind and patience, listens well and gives objective advises on next steps. I am going back for a follow up in a couple of months!
First time visiting Dr. Smerd, she was very kind and professional. Gave honest answers to my questions and treated me with respect.
Dr. Smerd was very professional, straightforward, and personable. Communication with the doctor and the office itself is very modern. The nurses are gentle and friendly. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Excellent bedside manner, very to-the-point
So glad I made the appointment. Starting on a supported journey toward better health
Once science figures out how to clone Dr. Smerd, the health care crisis in this country will be resolved.... She's an excellent listener, focused and a problem solver.
This is my second annual physical with Dr. Smerd and I couldn't be m
Dr. Smerd was very thorough and personable. She has great bedside manner and made me feel very comfortable. Since it was my first appointment, she sat with me and reviewed my medical history, family history, and then did a thorough examination. All the other office staff were friendly and helpful as well.
Dr. Smerd is thorough and caring.
Excellent, all around. I would highly recommend Dr. Smerd and her practice.
This appointment was great. Easy to make, dr spent a long time with me and took a full history, no waits, offered some thoughts, took some tests. It was a fun visit - except for the me being sick part.
Caring, paying attention to details, remembers the you from your last visit and basically gives you the feeling that you're seen, heard and taken care of.
Dr. Smerd and her nurse both had great bedside manner. They were kind and courteous. Dr. Smerd was knowledgeable and compassionate--exactly what you want in a doctor!
She was thorough, thoughtful and I felt incredibly comfortable. I highly, highly recommend.
Dr. Smerd is a great listener. And you can tell she really wants to make you feel better. She is a great doctor.
Very efficient and to the point. She asks all the right questions and is genuine with her concern for the patient.
Great doctor! She's very thorough and personable and I'd highly recommend.
Thorough, compassionate and helpful.
Excellent doctor, very friendly and thorough.
I highly recommend Dr. Smerd. She had great bed side manner and was easy to talk with. The nurses she works with are also great. I was seen on time and they focused on being as efficient as possible.
she is awesome!! gave me great medical advice.
Everything that's been already said about Dr. Smerd is accurate. Knowledgeable, good bedside manner, great overall experience at the doctor's office.
I don't think I ever had a more pleasant Dr office experience. Dr Smerd, as well as the nurses and the support staff were professional, pleasant and thorough. And the office is clearly efficiently run.
I found Rachel to be friendly and knowledgeable. She took the time to explain my medical condition and the next steps.
The office is clean. The staff are friendly. Dr. Smerd is kind, thorough, and efficient. Glad I found this place and will certainly return.
Great attention. Very happy.
Love this practice. Was seen immediately, Dr Smerd spent a lot of time with me, and I was able to get a flu shot as well.
She was great. Very attentive, explained everything I asked questions about. She seemed to be very intuitive with my concerns. That's a great quality in a doctor
She was so thorough, and didn't rush at all. She asked a lot of questions, and made sure I understood everything she said. Relieved to have found a good GP after living in NYC for 11 years.
Dr. Smerd was very nice and very professional. she answered all my questions or concerns, she's willing to listen and she took her time examining me. She's a great doctor.
Shes the best!!!
I though Dr. Smerd was very courteous and professional. She did not rush me, she listened to my concerns and took a detailed medical history. She gave me helpful suggestions and suggested a reasonable course of action. I would highly recommend her based on my first experience.
I was really impressed by the facility in which I was seen as well as the professionalism and bedside manner of Dr. Smerd. Great find!
I was extremely satisfied with my first visit with Dr. Smerd. She was curious, calm and kind. In the past I have found my doctors to be uninterested or distant. Dr. Smerd was the opposite. I'm really excited to become her patient.
All good. Well organized. Thorough. Thoughtful.
I thought Dr Smerd was very professional and listened, asking solid questions and didn't rush (I was a first patient doing an annual). I thought she was very thorough and competent, and would definitely recommend her. Also, she called after the appointment to provide extra insight and the office has 'online' capabilities that allow the doctors to leave comments if they don't reach you live, which is convenient for busy schedules.
Dr. Smerd continues to be kind, patient, and a great listener. She shows genuine interest and concern for my health. I feel fortunate to have found such a considerate Primary Care Physician.
Dr. Smerd is a great, understanding, and professional doctor. I would highly recommend her to everyone and anyone.
Interested in a holistic understanding of my overall health situation and very helpful in recommending me to appropriate specialists.
Compassionate, intelligent, and always ensuring patient comfortability, Dr. Smerd is genuinely fantastic. I appreciate that she follows up on past conditions or reasons for visits to make sure that everything is going well.
Dr. Smerd is incredibly invested in her patients. I never feel rushed during our appointments and always leave with valuable information and treatment advice
She listens to you and helps you explore your options. She helps you find other professionals to get you where you need to be healthwise.
Very happy to have finally found a good GP in the neighbourhood. She is patient, a good listener, knowledgeable, and competent. Other attending staff members were also very cheerful and friendly. While the wait time was excessive, it did not detract from my overall experience because I was warned about it right at the outset and so was able to settle down with my book. Dr. Smerd was deeply apologetic when she first walked in.
Dr. Smerd and the staff at the TriBeCa office are wonderful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Dr. Smerd was absolutely wonderful. Very professional and thorough. Took the time to answer all of my questions.
Dr. Rachel Smerd is such a great doctor. She is very caring and friendly. She is very knowledgable and only wants to help you in every possible way. Highly recommend her to anyone seeking an exceptional doctor.
I normally am not one to feel at ease in a doctor's office but all of the staff were extremely friendly and warm. I was in the waiting room for less than 5 minutes. Dr. Smerd was fantastic. I'm usually shy about asking doctors questions, but she asked me several times during my physical whether or not I had questions about anything in such a genuine way that I felt comfortable asking her questions. Additionally, she was extremely personable and took time to ask me questions about my life, not related to health. I definitely recommend Dr. Smerd to anyone looking for a caring, patient doctor!
She was really wonderful. Spent time with me, really thoughtful and thorough.
Dr. Smerd took the time to ask questions, listen to the answers, and tailor her treatment accordingly. Her office staff was very professional and friendly. And her office has implemented modern communication tools - e-mail, website, and mobile app, to facilitate patient-doctor interaction. Probably the best experience I've ever had with a GP that takes insurance.
Dr. Smerd is fabulous. I've seen her several times within the past few months, and she's been incredibly attentive and responsive. She is knowledgeable, thorough, and extremely helpful. I cannot recommend her enough!
Highly recommended. Dr. Smerd is thorough, kind and has a great bedside manner.
Dr. Smerd is very attentive and understanding. She is very patient and is very easy to talk to.
Very nice and super professional. Really took her time to talk to me. Would definitely recommend!
Excellent bedside manners and very personable.I also like the system of being able to see my medical records online at my convenience.
Wonderful practice and doctor. Dr. Smerd has great bedside manner and spent a lot of time with me. Never felt rushed.
Very comprehensive in her manner and extremely easy to talk to.
Dr. Smerd was a patient listener, friendly, and seemed like somebody you can really trust. I have been looking around to a GP I can stick with on a regular basis and I think I've found her - highly recommended.
Was referred to Dr Smerd, was not thrilled with her service. I feel like she did not really listened to my needs, and further trying to upsell me a whole bunch of unnecessary medications, treatments and tests.
Dr. Smerd is great - really nice, easy to talk to, and thorough. Asked a lot of questions to get a better sense of my overall history and lifestyle and how they relate to my health. Didn't feel rushed or pressured. Already recommended her to two friends, and only saw her this morning!
Consumate professional/very nice person!
The doctor was very empathetic, and saw me immediately. She is very warm and personable, and made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a primary care physician.
second time seeing dctr smerd. couldn't fault her... easy to talk to and very professional.
Dr. Smerd was really terrific, she has a very comfortable manner and I felt like I could speak with her about anything that would concern me. I was very worried about finding a good internest I could trust here in NYC and am so glad I have! I look forward to recommending her to my friends and family on the look out for a great general physician.
Dr. Smerd was very thorough in her examination. She took her time asking plenty of questions in order to understand what was going on with me. Her office runs very efficiently. They actually squeezed me in a little bit earlier than my appointment time due to a problem with a later appointment time I had been given. I would highly recommend her.
The office was professional, the reception staff was friendly, helpful and efficient, and overall, I had a first rate experience. Dr. Smerd was patient, had a very nice energy and was extremely thorough. She took more time to sit with me and ask questions than any other doctor I've seen in recent years. I highly recommend her!
Very thorough and really took her time to know me as a patient. Very helpful.
Dr. Rachel Smerd is a very smart, thoughtful, caring and professional physician. She listened closely, asked excellent questions and provided great feedback. I give Rachel Smerd an incredibly high ranking! And, I love the office location, facility and staff!
Dr Smerd is a kind and caring doctor. She gave me a lot of attention.
Dr. Smerd is the most patient doctor I've encountered- she's professional and knowledgeable but very friendly and willing to answer all questions fully.
It was great! She was patient and walked me through everything. I felt comfortable and safe with her.
Takes the time to get to understand the issue. Didn't seem in a rush at all. The office is very nice and everyone seemed very tech savvy.
She was fantastic: thorough, compassionate, careful, and clear.
Dr. Smerd was incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant — seems like she really cares, which is nice. Never had my own doctor before, but now I feel like I do.
Very knowledgeable, thorough and professional.
She's really nice,detailed, and thorough. I will recommend her to all my friends
This is the best doctor I have seen during my 7 years here. Excellent bedside manner I felt very comfortable.
It was a delight to see her. She is pleasant and really takes the time to get to know the person for who they are. I found my doc in NYC.
Very professional, friendly, put you at ease - easy to talk to and did not feel rushed
Great doctor, very knowledgable and caring. Highly recommended.