Karen Smith

Family Physician, North Carolina, USA

Karen L. Smith, MD, is a family physician with a private solo practice in the rural community of Raeford, North Carolina. Upon completing a bachelor of science degree in biology at Duke University, medical training at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, and Duke FAHEC Residency training, Dr. Smith chose to start her professional practice of medicine in North Carolina. She has been part of the Hoke County community for 26 years where she provides acute, chronic, and preventive services for her diverse patient population from birth to end of life.

Recognizing the needs of her patient population reached beyond the exam room, Dr. Smith became involved with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) and served at all levels, including president in 2005. She's also been a member of the North Carolina Medical Society. Currently, she serves as the delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians and has been involved in the commissions on Practice Enhancement and Quality on Governmental Affairs. She has also served the state of North Carolina with 13 years of service to the Division of Medical Assistance Advisory Board and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Dr. Smith has served on numerous committees and boards throughout her career and most recently enhanced her participation by dedicating services devoted toward the treatment of substance abuse disorders, healthcare reform initiatives, and onsite education experience for learners in health care.

She worked with the Alliant Quality improvement Organization to engage and assist other doctors toward success with the Merit Incentive Payment System as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. She served on advisory groups for the Office of the National Coordinator and CMS Quality Payment Program as a physician champion. She is very active in healthcare transformation with leadership in physician-led accountable care organization.

She is engaged in global health care through her direct support of mission work abroad and for the education and training of doctors worldwide. Dr. Smith was recognized as North Carolina Family Physician of the year in 2016 and American Academy of Family Physician of the year in 2017. 

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