Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Mark S. Smith, MD

Chief Innovation Officer, MedStar Health
Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation

Mark S. Smith, MD, is Chief Innovation Officer of MedStar Health and the Director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2). In this role, Dr. Smith leads a system-wide initiative to catalyze and foster innovation at MedStar Health.

Prior to his appointment as Director of MI2, Dr. Smith served as chair of the department of emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years and as founding chair of MedStar Emergency Physicians. Dr. Smith is also professor of emergency medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he served as academic chair of emergency medicine from 2001-2015. Prior to that, he was chair of emergency medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center for 12 years and the director of its Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, philosophy, and psychology with highest honors from Swarthmore College and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.

His medical degree is from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith completed an internship in medicine at George Washington University Medical Center and a residency in emergency medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. He is board certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Smith’s interests include digital health, data science, complex systems theory, information visualization, catalyzing sustainable and self-organizing change that is for the better, and scaling that change within and across large systems. MI2 includes a technology commercialization capability (MedStar Inventor Services); a center for human factors in healthcare; initiatives in consumer health, mobile health, and telehealth; a platform for training in creativity, design, and influence; and a collaboration program with start-ups in the healthcare space.

Prior to his work at MI2, Dr. Smith was the co-founder of Project ER One, MedStar Washington Hospital Center's initiative to develop the design specifications for an all-risks ready emergency care facility for mass casualty incidents. He is the co-creator of MedStar Health's innovative Azyxxi / Amalga clinical information system, which has been in continuous use at MedStar hospitals for 18 years and is utilized in other hospitals in the United States. He has authored numerous journal articles and two textbooks in the field of emergency medicine; served on federal advisory groups in the fields of cardiac care, disaster response, and innovation; and helped to develop large programs in clinical simulation and human factors in healthcare.