Gerald W. Smetana, MD, is a general internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed his medical internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Dr. Smetana plays a central role in the teaching of medical students, housestaff, and faculty while maintaining a large primary care practice. He has directed continuing education programs both in the U.S. and internationally. He is a section editor for the Beyond the Guidelines series in Annals of Internal Medicine. He received the Society of General Internal Medicine national award for scholarship in medical education. His clinical and research interests lie in perioperative care, hypertension, and evidence based history taking. Additionally, Dr. Smetana has recently established a fellowship for junior BIDMC faculty on the art and science of writing systematic reviews.