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Ian K. Smith
Ian K. Smith
Born (1969-07-15) July 15, 1969 (age 52)
Other namesDr. Ian
  • Physician
  • author
  • television host
OrganizationPresident's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition
Known for50 Million Pounds Challenge
Notable work
The Fat Smash Diet (2006)
Shred: The Revolutionary Diet (2012)
TelevisionThe Doctors (talk show)
Tristé Noelle Lieteau (married 2005-present)

Ian K. Smith (born July 15, 1969) is an American physician, author and television host best known for hosting The Doctors. In 2007, he launched the 50 Million Pound Challenge, a national weight loss initiative sponsored by CVS Pharmacy and State Farm.

He has also made appearances on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club series, The View, and as a correspondent for NBC News. He is also the host of HealthWatch with Dr. Ian Smith, a daily news feature.[1] Smith has authored a number of books related to health and weight loss, as well as three crime novels.


Smith and his twin brother Dana, natives of Danbury, Connecticut, graduated from Immaculate High School (Danbury).[2] Ian received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1992, and a Masters in Science Education from Columbia University in 1993.

He attended Dartmouth Medical School, then completed the last two years of his medical education and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.[3]

Professional career

Smith hosts HealthWatch with Dr. Ian Smith, a nationally syndicated daily news feature heard on American Urban Radio Networks.[1] In 2010, Smith was appointed to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.[4]

50 Million Pound Challenge

In April 2007, Smith launched the 50 Million Pound Challenge in partnership with State Farm Insurance.[5] The challenge was a national health initiative encouraging awareness of fitness and the risks of obesity. The Challenge was a free campaign supported by national civic and health organizations with the purpose of reducing the impact of high blood pressure, cardiac disease and obesity in the United States.[6]

The 50 Million Pounds website developed a partnership with CVS Pharmacy. In partnership with CVS, the 50 Million Pound Challenge participated in a series of free community health events in urban communities in the United States, with a particular focus on improving health outcomes in the African-American community.[7] CVS will hosted over 250 "To Your Health" fairs in cities such as Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, providing health risk assessments and screenings for common chronic health issues including diabetes, blood pressure, high cholesterol and Osteoporosis.[8] The fairs included celebrity guests such as Biz Markie, Steve Harvey, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams.[9]


Smith has written a dozen books including The Fat Smash Diet, a 90-day diet program that focuses on "smashing" bad eating and exercise habits and establishing new healthy ones. His book Happy was released in April 2010.[10] His book The Truth About Men was released in April 2012, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet was released in December 2012, and Super Shred: The Big Results Diet was published in December 2013. In 2015, Smith published The Shred Diet Cookbook and The Shred Power Cleanse.

He has also written articles and essays for Time, Newsweek, Men's Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in other publications including People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway.[11]

Smith later began writing fiction novels, starting with The Blackbird Chronicles in 2005, about a murdered Dartmouth professor. Smith later wrote The Ancient Nine (2018) and The Unspoken (2020),[2] with the latter being the first in a planned series about Ashe Cayne, a black police officer who refuses to participate in police corruption.[12] Smith has said that The Unspoken was inspired by the real life Murder of Laquan McDonald.[13]


Smith co-hosted season six of the health talk show The Doctors in 2014-2015. Beginning September 12, 2020, he has been its sole host, as the show switched from a panel of hosts to a sole host format.[14]

Smith was the medical and diet expert on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.[15] He also appeared extensively on various broadcasts including The View, The Tyra Banks Show, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360°, Showbiz Tonight, Verdict with Dan Abrams, The Rachael Ray Show, and Opie and Anthony.

Personal life

Ian Smith married health executive Tristé Noelle Lieteau on May 29, 2005.[16] In 2018, the couple sold their townhome in the South Loop and moved to a mansion in Kenwood, Chicago.[17]


  • The Take-Control Diet (2001) ISBN 9780375507304
  • The Fat Smash Diet (2006) ISBN 9780312363130
  • Extreme Fat Smash Diet (2007) ISBN 9780312371203
  • The 4 Day Diet (2009) ISBN 9780312605599
  • Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life (2010) ISBN 9780312672775
  • EAT: The Effortless Weight Loss Solution (2011) ISBN 9781250004284
  • Shred: The Revolutionary Diet (2012) ISBN 9781250035868
  • The Truth About Men: The Secret Side of the Opposite Sex (2012) ISBN 9781250025111
  • Super Shred: The Big Results Diet (2013) ISBN 9781250044532
  • The Shred Diet Cookbook (2015) ISBN 9781250061218
  • The Shred Power Cleanse (2015) ISBN 9781250061225
  • Blast the Sugar Out! (2017) ISBN 9781250130136
  • The Clean 20 (2018) ISBN 9781250182074
  • Clean and Lean (2019) ISBN 9781250114945
  • Mind over Weight (2020) ISBN 9781250244802

Fiction (As Ian Smith)


  1. ^ a b Fillo, MaryEllen (2018-11-18). "Celebrity physician-turned-writer Dr. Ian Smith misses his Conn. hometown". Connecticut Post. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b Gibson, Lydialyle (2020-08-06). ""A Kind of Justice in the World"". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Swartz, Tracy. "Chicago's Dr. Ian Smith is the new solo host of 'The Doctors' TV show". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "First Lady Launches President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition". whitehouse.gov. 2010-06-23. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "State Farm Unveils Weight-Loss Initiative". adage.com. 2007-09-27. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "50 Million Pound Challenge: Dr. Ian Smith". KUSA.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Smith, Amber (2007-07-17). "50 Million Pound Challenge". syracuse. Retrieved .
  10. ^ http://www.urblife.com/the-edge/dr-ian-smith-talks-happy/ Dr. Ian Smith Talks Happy! Tips on Career and Life Happiness from New Book! | UrbLife.com
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Camacho, Austin S. (September 30, 2020). "Up Close: Ian K. Smith". THE BIG THRILL. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Polk, Milan. "Black crime fiction writers are ready for change". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Starr, Michael (2020-09-15). "Dr. Ian Smith returns to reformatted 'The Doctors' as new host". New York Post. Retrieved .
  15. ^ O'Shea, Kelly (January 21, 2013). "Dr. Ian K. Smith talks diet, fitness with SEPTA employees". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Tristé Lieteau and Ian Smith (Published 2005)". The New York Times. 2005-05-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Goldsborough, Bob. "Dr. Ian K. Smith, wife sell South Loop place for $1.0875 million". capitalgazette.com. Retrieved .

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