Heather Smith, MD, MPH
Heather Smith, MD, MPH, was appointed to the AMA Foundation Board of Directors in 2013. She is an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx.
Dr. Smith has been an active member of the AMA since 2002, serving as a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates since 2008, most recently representing ACOG as their RFS/ Jr. Fellow representative. She has previously served as the Vice Chair as well as the Alternate Delegate for the Resident and Fellow Section. Additionally, Dr. Smith was a member of both the Council on Legislation, 2010-2012, as well as the Council on Medical Services, 2006-2007. She is also the 2005 Government Relations Advocacy Fellow, serving in the AMA DC office and representing physicians in training and medical students. Throughout, Dr. Smith has remained active in Massachusetts Medical Society and then the Connecticut State Medical Society.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia, Dr. Smith dedicated a full year to community service serving in City Year Boston. After these formative experiences, she earned a Master in Public Health and a Masters in Medical Sciences from Boston University to further explore the role of community-based education programs in improving community well-being. She then attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Partners Healthcare in Boston at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Smith is a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Smith completed a post-doctorate fellowship in health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at Yale University. There, she performed research in the field of health equity with a focus on disparities for women and adolescent, particularly those from marginalized and underserved populations. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, she investigated the impact of local and federal policies on issues including access to care, access to information, and resource utilization.
Dr. Smith lives in New York City.