Image of Professor Andrew SmithAndrew Smith is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His principal interest is the epidemiology, impact and prevention of hearing loss in developing countries. He is co-director of the short course “Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment” which is held annually in London and in several developing countries.

From 1996 to 2008, Andrew was responsible for the program for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment at the World Health Organization (WHO), based in Geneva. Prior to working at the WHO, he was head of the Hearing Impairment Research Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He has also worked for the UK Medical Research Council in the Gambia, and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan.

Originally trained as a pediatrician in the United Kingdom and Canada, Andrew later developed an interest in international public health issues. He has been principal investigator and has provided technical advice in surveys and intervention studies on hearing impairment in developing countries around the world.