Parent of 4 NPS students
Board certified pediatrician and allergist-immunologist in the Bronx
Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics
NPS PTA Board Member and school volunteer for over 10 years
NPS Health and Safety Committee Member 2020
Having resided in Norwalk since 2011, Alyson Smith, a board certified pediatrician and allergist- immunologist, has devoted her life to ensuring urban low income children have access to excellent health care. She believes that by providing consistent pediatric care throughout a patient’s childhood, regardless of their parents’ income or health insurance status, can prevent avoidable chronic diseases. Alyson’s concern for children’s health developed shortly after attending New York Medical College and completing a pediatric residency in Valhalla, New York, where she was appointed Chief Resident. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in Brooklyn in allergy and immunology at Long Island College Hospital. Working within a city hospital, providing care for mostly low income pediatric patients, she became vastly aware of the inequities within urban and suburban hospital systems. Witnessing the disparity in hospital resources between her medical training in Westchester and her allergy and immunology fellowship in Brooklyn, affected her deeply; as a result, she decided to commit her life to caring for at-risk urban pediatric populations. After completing her fellowship, she joined St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she has served 11 years as Director of Pediatric Allergy and 4 years as Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and CUNY School of Medicine. She spends her days treating patients, teaching residents and overseeing pediatricians.
Alyson is the mother of four children who attend the Norwalk public school system. She currently has children in all three levels: elementary, middle and high school. Throughout her children’s tenure in Norwalk schools, she has volunteered extensively. She has played a significant role in both elementary and middle school PTAs, organizing activities that promote social-emotional health and foster a sense of community among the diverse student body. She was particularly passionate about coordinating school sponsored virtual events during the pandemic, helping to keep children socially connected during a traumatic time. She coordinates volunteer opportunities for students at the Open Door Shelter as well as helps run biyearly clothing and food drives. During the pandemic she also served on the NPS Safety and Health Committee, offering her medical expertise to help schools safely open and allow in-person learning.
As a life-long Democrat, Alyson has always been committed to providing access to excellent medical care to all citizens. She feels passionately about sending her children to public school and volunteers extensively to ensure all children within NPS have access to not only an excellent education but access to basic needs. As a physician, she knows how important it is to help families gain access to affordable safe housing, excellent medical care, strong schools and healthy environments to live in. Alyson would like to be a member of the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee within District E to help endorse candidates who will advocate passionately for these issues as well.