Sharon Smaga, MD

Emeritus Professor
Family and Community Medicine

    About me



    Additional languages spoken


    Education & training

    Board Certifications
    Family Medicine
    Geriatric Medicine
    Medical School
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    SIU Family Practice Residency, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, IL - Family Practice


    Research Interests
    Women's Health, Preventive Health, Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, Geriatrics


    White J and Smaga S. Is there an association between acetaminophen use and the risk of asthma? Evidence-Based Practice April 2015; 14 (4): 11.;

    Kang Smith J and Smaga S.  What are the risks and benefits of treating subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) in the geriatric population?  Evidence-Based Practice.  June 2014; 17(6); 7.;

    Gulbrandsen E and Smaga S.  Do procalcitonin levels help differentiate bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis in the child with fever?  Evidence-Based Practice; Dec 2013; 16(12).;

    Smaga, S: “Tremor,” The American Family Physician, Oct.15, 2003, 68(8): 1545-1552.;

    Falvo, D and Smaga, S.  "Lecture Versus Role Modeling:  A Comparison of Educational Programs to Enhance Residents' Ability to Communicate With Patients About HIV", Teaching and Learning in Medicine 1991, 3 (4):  227-231.;

    Falvo, D and Smaga, S.  "Premenstrual Symptoms and Associated Morbidity in a Family Practice Setting," Family Practice Research Journal 1986; 6 (2): 79-88.;

    Smaga S and Dorsey JK. The Acutely Swollen/Painful Joint. JM Daniels (ed), Common Musculoskeletal Problems: A Handbook. Springer International Publishing  Switzerland 2015.;

    SAM MODULE “Care of the Vulnerable Elderly,” published by ABFM, 2009;

    LaGarce, M, Debeljuk, L, and Smaga, S. “The Effects of Specific Wavelengths of Ambient Light on Human Behavior in an Experimental Environment-Implication for Designers of The Built Environment,” (Abstract, paper, and presentation) Proceedings of the Hawaii International conference of Arts and Humanities. ISSN 1541-5899, Jan 2005.;

    Fisher, K, LaGarce, M, Debeljuk, L, Smaga, S. “Are ADHD Behaviors Affected by Ambient Light Colors in the Built Environment?” Proceedings of the Hawaii International conference on Arts and Humanities, ISSN 1541-5899, Jan 2005.


    2012  AAFP Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award, Most Improved Award;

    2011  AAFP Foundation Immunization Award, System Implementation Award;

    2008  Teacher of the Year Award, Family Medicine Residency Program, Carbondale, IL;

    2008, 2010  Nominated for Mentor of the Year Award, SIU School of Medicine, first year curriculum;

    2006  Excellence in teaching award, given by Carbondale FM residents;

    1998  Excellence in medical education award;

    1995, 1996 Recipient of UWPA/Women's Studies Juried Competition award;

    1991  Nominated for Family Physician Teacher of the Year;

    1992, 1993 Most Outstanding PBLC Clinical Teacher of the Year