Fellow Focus: Dr. Dantwan Smith

Get to know Dr. Dantwan Smith, PGY-IV fellow in Cardiology, community health advocate, and candy connoisseur.


First, tell us about you.

I was born and raised in Columbus, MS. I attended Columbus High School and later graduated from Noxubee County High School. I am a graduate of East Mississippi Community College (2010), Mississippi University for Women (2011), and the University of West Alabama (2013). I was briefly enrolled in the post-baccalaureate program at UMMC before withdrawing to attend medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. I have held numerous board positions for student medical societies such as Student National Medical Association, American Student Medical Association, and Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity. I am an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. I am a strong advocate for community advancement in health. I also have a non-profit organization called “The Inspirational MD,” which provides me with a platform for motivational speaking and health advocacy. I am married to my lovely queen Cortni Cooper-Smith, DPT. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and eating candy.

When did you know you wanted to pursue Cardiology?

I knew that I wanted to pursue cardiology at an early age. My initial interest came from many life experiences with family members who had heart disease. After having more exposure, the dream was solidified. Also, I feel as if the heart is the powerhouse organ of the body which makes it so intriguing to study.

What do you like most about UMMC?

I love the people at UMMC. When my wife and I were dealing with a personal matter, everyone here at UMMC was very supportive and beneficial. The team environment here is very amazing and one that I am very proud to be a part of.

What advice would you give to the interns?

Residency is going to be tough but also you will have some of your best life experiences. Remain humble throughout the process.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without preparation?

The game of baseball.

What is something you wish you knew more about?

How to play an instrument.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Hearing others achieve their goals. Talking with family.  

Tell us something about you that most people don’t know.

I love to eat Skittles, fried okra, raw sweet potatoes, and fruit cups.

Residency graduation photo

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