Mark D. Smith, Former CEO, California HealthCare Foundation

The Leadership Role of Foundations: Advancing Health Equity

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Dr. Mark Smith is founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the California HealthCare Foundation, an independent philanthropy in Oakland California, dedicated to improving the health of the people of California, particularly the underserved. Previous to this position, Dr. Smith was Executive Vice President at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversaw programs in HIV, Reproductive Health, and the Health Care Marketplace. Prior, he was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and of Public Health. Dr. Smith was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 2001. He chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Learning Healthcare System, which produced the widely-publicized 2012 report Best Care at Lower Cost. Dr. Smith holds a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. A Board-certified internist, he is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and maintains an active practice in HIV care at San Francisco General Hospital. He is serving as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014.