Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Mark Smith, MD

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

Dr. Smith is chief innovation officer of MedStar Health and director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), where he leads a systemwide initiative to catalyze and foster innovation. Dr. Smith is also professor and immediate past chair of emergency medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Prior to his appointment at MI2, Dr. Smith was chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years and chair of MedStar Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, philosophy, and psychology with highest honors from Swarthmore College and his master's 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 MedStar 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, and scaling change within and across large systems. 

Prior to 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 Azyxxi / Amalga clinical information system, in continuous use at MedStar hospitals for 22 years and utilized in other hospitals in the United States. He has authored numerous journal articles and two textbooks in emergency medicine; served on federal advisory groups in cardiac care, disaster response, and innovation; and helped to develop large programs in clinical simulation and human factors in health care.