Dr. David Smotrich works to make life better for others

David B. Smotrich, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializing in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. He has served as an adjunct scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and lectures throughout the world on advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for infertility. He is widely published on the clinical care and treatment of, and basic research in, infertility in both American and international medical journals.

Dr. David Smotrich

Dr. Smotrich is the founder and medical director of La Jolla IVF, which specializes in in-vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy and other fertility treatments.

He is a staunch supporter of the PEERS Network and its mission to build networks of entrepreneurs who foster local philanthropy and business growth. He is also a long-time supporter of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. In support of athletes with physical disabilities, he has participated in San Diego Triathlon Challenge events, and has ridden 620 miles from San Francisco to San Diego, as part of the organization’s Dodge Million Dollar Challenge.

At the fifth annnual PEERS Gala on Sept. 28, Dr. Smotrich was honored for his charitable works.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I’m originally from Southern California and after my studies and pursuit of higher education took me around the world (my M.D. degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel Aviv, Post-Graduate Residency studies and Fellowship at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, N.Y) and lead me to meet my beautiful wife, Myriam, we knew we wanted to make Southern California, and La Jolla in particular, our home.

While my family and I love to travel all around the world and take in many different cultures and destinations, I couldn’t imagine a better place to raise our three children and manage my practice.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

We are all very appreciative of the improvements they have started to make on our roads here in La Jolla.  I guess if I had the opportunity, I would love to help them speed up the process — and of course, like everyone else, I’d like to improve the “aroma” at La Jolla Cove.

Who or what inspires you?

My wife and children are without a doubt the biggest inspirations in my life. They constantly motivate me to work toward making a better life for them and all those around me.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

David Ben-Gurion, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, my wife, Myriam, and our children, Danielle, Ariel and Gabrielle.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished Daniel Silva’s most recent novel, ”The English Girl.” I picked up one of Silva’s novels about a year ago and found myself so engrossed that I ended up reading the rest of his 15 novels within the year.

What is it that you most dislike?

I would say those who are closed-minded or prejudiced. I have been fortunate to travel the world – to build hospitals in Uganda, homes in Mexico and to speak about my work in countless other countries, and if there is one thing I have learned, it is that you can never judge someone until you have walked in their shoes. I always encourage my children to keep an open mind and to take in every situation with a positive attitude.

What is your most-prized possession?

My family. Nothing else would matter without them.

What do you do for fun?

I love running, swimming and pretty much anything related to exercise. I also love traveling with my family.  Some of my favorite trips have been to Jerusalem for all three of our kids’ bar and bat mitzvahs, our safari through South Africa, and a peaceful getaway my wife and I recently took to the Maldives.

What is your philosophy of life?

Tikkun olam, the Hebrew saying “to repair or heal the world.” I have a strong philosophy of giving back, and I feel that every person has a duty to do his or her part to make the world a better place. I truly enjoy working with a variety of nonprofits, like the Challenged Athletes Foundation, to give back and nurture our communities. All of my children have been working with me to support CAF since they were young. At just eight years old, my son ran in CAF’s annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge at the La Jolla Cove, and I know running side-by-side with “One Arm” Willie Stewart and hundreds of other challenged athletes, some even younger than he, had a significant impact on him and how he now aspires to live his life.

What would be your dream vacation?

I recently, and by accident, stumbled across details about an exquisite private jet trip around the world. Three weeks, all the top destinations and accommodations, dining and sights they offer. While I, in part, wish I hadn’t teased myself by learning about the trip (I can’t seem to get it out of my head), the other part of me would love to treat my wife of almost 23 years to a once-in-a-lifetime trip like this – she deserves it.

Editor’s Note: The next San Diego Triathlon Challenge/5k/Tour de Cove will take place

Oct. 20 at La Jolla Cove. Deatils at

www.challengedathletes.org

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