UCSF, San Francisco, USA
Dr. Smoot is an Associate Professor at UCSF with appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and the Department of Anatomy. She is a licensed physical therapist with certifications in lymphedema therapy and in exercise training for people with cancer. Dr. Smoot’s research encompasses two related areas: 1) The effects of breast cancer treatment on upper extremity function and 2) the clinical prediction, diagnosis, and management of breast cancer-related lymphedema. Current research includes evaluation of phenotypic and genotypic predictors associated with increased risk for development of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment, in collaboration with Dr. Christine Miaskowski at UCSF. Dr. Smoot also collaborates with colleagues investigating upper limb mechanosensitivity and recognition of limb laterality in women after breast cancer treatment. In 2013, she was awarded a UCSF-Kaiser/DOR Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program (BIRCWH) K12 mentored career award to support her research in assessment of breast cancer related lymphedema.
Dr. Smoot received her Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy (DPTSc) from the University of California, San Francisco in 2009, and joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in April 2010. She earned a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from UCSF in 2015. Dr. Smoot serves on the American Association of Anatomists Advisory Council for Young Anatomists. She is a member of the California Physical Therapy Association Research Council, and serves on the Conference Planning and Editorial Committees for the National Lymphedema Network.
For more information:
UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: http://ptrehab.ucsf.edu/betty-smoot-pt-dptsc
UCSF Profiles: profiles.ucsf.edu/betty.smoot