Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. He regularly teaches courses related to leadership, healthcare management, health services delivery systems, and nursing administration. He has published and/or works on a number of research projects related to rural health care delivery systems, leadership, health care administration, health education, telemedicine, and medical group practices. Dr. Smith serves as the Chair of the Capstone College of Nursing’s Graduate Education Committee and he is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Omega chapter (Chair, Leadership Succession Committee), and the Southern Nursing Research Society (Finance Committee Member).
In addition to earning his MSHA, MBA, and BSN, Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Health Services Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Prior to beginning his career at the University of Alabama, Dr. Smith worked as a health care administrator for more than 15 years and served in a number of administrative leadership positions, mostly within UAB’s School of Medicine. In his last position at UAB, Dr. Smith was the administrative director for the UAB Montgomery-Selma Regional Medical Campus, which included numerous residency programs and clinics, as well as a complement of 3rd and 4th year medical students.
Currently, one of Dr. Smith’s primary interests is his involvement as a co-director/co-investigator of the Technology, Education and Research in Medicine (TERM) research lab at the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences. Student membership in the TERM lab is focused primarily on pre-medicine and health sciences undergraduate students at UA. Each participating student is provided with hands-on experience working on one or more specific research projects, including developing project proposals, implementing a project, and disseminating results through professional presentations and publications. Dr. Smith also works collaboratively on numerous other projects across the University of Alabama’s campus, including serving as the co-chair of the Alabama Transportation Institute’s Transportation and Health Care Research Working Group.