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J. Howard Smart, MD

Medical doctor (MD)
Pediatrics (board certified)
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Sharp Rees-Stealy

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  1. Sharp Rees-Stealy Rancho Bernardo
    16899 W. Bernardo Drive
    Floor 2
    San Diego, CA 92127-1603
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    Fax: 858-521-2008

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About J. Howard Smart, MD

I was an EMT for four years in college. I chose to become a physician because I have always been a helper, and I wanted to be able to make a difference for people. I aim to promote health through disease prevention, proactive guidance at routine well child visits, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and evidence-based treatment of disease when it arises. We can prevent much disease though immunization, eating well, maintaining an active lifestyle and avoiding tobacco, alcohol and other destructive influences. In my spare time, I enjoy woodworking, classical trumpet, computer programming and high-power rocketry.
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J. Howard Smart, MD, accepts 37 health insurance plans.

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61 ratings
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Verified Patient
May 15, 2024


Dr. Smart is great with babies. I also appreciate his expertise; he's very knowledgeable and trustworthy.
Verified Patient
April 19, 2024


Dr. Smart is always very attentive and shows that he really cares for the well being on my daughter. He did some testing in the clinic and noticed me the next day of pending results. It's those little things that make a difference from a good doctor to a great one.
Verified Patient
April 11, 2024


We have been patients of Dr. Smart since my son was an infant. He has always been attentive and provided answers to all our questions I recommend him to every new parent I know.
Verified Patient
February 23, 2024


I highly recommend Dr. Smart! He has a very calming voice and gentle demeanor.
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