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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.

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Great doctor. Super professional. Looking forward to a long relationship as my primary care doctor

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Smerd is just the greatest, we moved across the country and I will miss her so much!

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From MD to front desk staff , nurses and techs, all were professional, thorough and pleasant. I have already recommended this practice to others. Thanks!

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She is smart, warm, caring. Spent a lot of time answering questions and I will definitely see her in future. I would highly recommend.

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She's easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. I'll definitely keep seeing her as my PCP.

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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!

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Weill-Cornell is really organized and even has an online portal for communicating with your doctor. I'd return for sure.

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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!

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She was warm, direct, easy to talk to, and gave enough time to discuss what needed to be discussed.

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It's always lovely to see Dr. Smerd - she's always friendly, matter of fact, and incredibly efficient.

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Knowledgable. Friendly. Efficient. Plus, the office uses an app for sharing test results etc. Recommended.

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Wonderful!

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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!

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First time visiting Dr. Smerd, she was very kind and professional. Gave honest answers to my questions and treated me with respect.

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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.

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Excellent bedside manner, very to-the-point

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So glad I made the appointment. Starting on a supported journey toward better health

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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.

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This is my second annual physical with Dr. Smerd and I couldn't be m

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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.

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Dr. Smerd is thorough and caring.

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Excellent, all around. I would highly recommend Dr. Smerd and her practice.

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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.

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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.

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Fantastic!

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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!

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She was thorough, thoughtful and I felt incredibly comfortable. I highly, highly recommend.

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Dr. Smerd is a great listener. And you can tell she really wants to make you feel better. She is a great doctor.

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Very efficient and to the point. She asks all the right questions and is genuine with her concern for the patient.

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Great doctor! She's very thorough and personable and I'd highly recommend.

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Thorough, compassionate and helpful.

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Excellent doctor, very friendly and thorough.

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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.

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she is awesome!! gave me great medical advice.

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Everything that's been already said about Dr. Smerd is accurate. Knowledgeable, good bedside manner, great overall experience at the doctor's office.

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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.

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I found Rachel to be friendly and knowledgeable. She took the time to explain my medical condition and the next steps.

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The office is clean. The staff are friendly. Dr. Smerd is kind, thorough, and efficient. Glad I found this place and will certainly return.

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