Christopher Smith is a former homeless person, accomplished board-certified practicing physician in Diagnostic Radiology, and former faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His debut memoir, Homeless to Hopkins, will be published in early 2023.
Chris’ second career as an author was inspired by his desire to give hope to those who desperately need it, as he needed it in his youth. Chris grew up in extreme poverty and varying degrees of homelessness throughout his childhood, even sleeping in a car for many months during high school.
Despite these challenging circumstances, Chris defied the odds and graduated summa cum laude in just three years for his undergrad. He was inducted into the medical school honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, for his exemplary work in medical school.
Chris was then blessed with the privilege to complete his residency at Johns Hopkins University, where he stayed on as a faculty member in the School of Medicine for a time.
Chris’ captivating story is a testament to the power of overcoming adversity and achieving incredible success.
With less than a decade between his homelessness and becoming a physician, Chris is sharing his story as a keynote speaker and wrote Homeless to Hopkins. Chris plans to use the proceeds from book sales to fund a scholarship program for disadvantaged youth. He is also a member of the National Coalition on Homelessness.
Outside of medicine, Chris’ life experiences have guided him to bungee jump, drive a sled dog team, live in the Yellowstone area, and develop a passion for photography.