Dr Christie Smit received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch, after which he enlisted for two years of compulsory military service. On completion, he immediately started his specialist training at the University of Stellenbosch and qualified as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in 1991.
Following his specialist training, Dr Smit completed a postgraduate fellowship in Plastic Surgery with Dr Ralph Millard at the University of Miami, Florida, USA. Dr Millard was one of the pioneers of cleft lip and palate surgery and Dr Smit gained a wealth of experience in this field. A further training opportunity and second fellowship took him to the Harley Street Clinic in London, UK. At this world renowned facility, under the supervision of Mr Frederick Nicolle who was considered one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Europe, he gained valuable insight into the art and execution of aesthetic plastic surgery.
Upon his return to South Africa in 1993, Dr Smit was appointed head of the Craniofacial Unit at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town. He performed his duties on a part time basis as he opened his private practice at the same time. Dr Smit held this position at Tygerberg Hospital for 5 years. He has since been in private practice exclusively, but is still involved with the training of registrars in plastic surgery.
Dr Smit specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery and facial reconstructive surgery. He also does Botulinum Toxin injections for undesirable facial lines and excessive sweating, as well as facial fillers for softening of lines and volumising.
His dedication to cleft lip and palate surgery resulted in him joining Operation Smile in 2010. Subsequent to that, he has travelled to several African countries as part of a multi-disciplinary team from many countries giving freely of their time and expertise in treating underprivileged patients with facial deformities.
Dr Smit has professional registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the General Medical Council of England. He is a member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He regularly attends national and international conferences to keep up with new developments in plastic surgery.
Dr Smit enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and travelling. He is an enthusiastic golfer and a collector of South African art.