CHICAGO, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Headache Foundation (NHF), a nonprofit organization that has pioneered the way headaches have been diagnosed and treated for 45 years, will host its 29th annual fundraiser – The Gatsby Gala – Inspiring Hope for 45 Years, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. The Executive Chairman and Founder of the Foundation is world-renowned headache authority, Dr. Seymour Diamond, who is also celebrating his 90th birthday. Information about the event is available at http://bit.ly/nhf-gatsby-gala.
At the gala, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Headache Foundation will be presented to Timothy R. Smith, M.D., R.Ph., of St. Louis. This award is presented to a health care professional for an impressive body of work in the field of headache, and for enriching countless lives of those who experience headache.
Since 2009, Doctor Smith has served as Vice President-Research for Mercy, the 5th largest Catholic Health system and 2nd largest medical group in the U.S. Previously, Dr. Smith served as Medical Director of the Ryan Headache Center and Director of Clinical Research for Mercy Health Research, both in St. Louis.
A native of Corinth, Mississippi, Dr. Smith received his B.S. in Pharmacy degree in 1983 from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and his M.D. degree in 1989 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In addition to Board certification in Internal Medicine, Dr. Smith has received the Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Management by the NHF, and a Subspecialty Certification in Headache Management from the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties in 2006.
In his current role at Mercy, he has research governance and infrastructure responsibilities for the entire Mercy Health System, which includes 42 hospitals and 494 medical clinics across four states. Utilizing funds received from an NHF research grant in 2010, Dr. Smith initiated the country's first, and now longest-running, tele-headache program, providing headache specialty care to patients in rural Missouri and Kansas via streaming video technology from Mercy's Virtual Care Center in St. Louis.
Dr. Smith has been a member of the NHF since 1997, and has served on its board of directors since 2010. In 2001, Dr. Smith received the National Headache Foundation Lectureship in Rancho Mirage, California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Headache Society, and a Certified Physician Investigator of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals.
For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.headaches.org.
SOURCE National Headache Foundation