Full Name

Mark Smith

Professional Title

Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco

Organizational Name

University of California

Organization Website


Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, serves as Co-chair of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Guiding Committee. He is Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco. He was the Founding President and former Chief Executive Officer of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). While at CHCF, Dr. Smith led the launch of California HealthLine and iHealthBeat, daily electronic publications; the CHCF Center for Healthcare Reporting at USC, which partners with local publications and broadcast outlets throughout California in producing original reporting; the CHCF Innovation Fund; and the CHCF Leadership Fellows Program. Previously, 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 to that, 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 (IOM) in 2001 and chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Learning Healthcare System, which produced the 2012 report, Best Care at Lower Cost. He previously served as Associate Director of AIDS services and Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the board of the National Business Group on Health, the performance measurement committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine. A nationally recognized health policy expert, Dr. Smith has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 25 book chapters and monographs, and he is a frequent keynote speaker. In 2014, he was a Menschel Senior Policy Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Smith holds a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from the Wharton School with a concentration in health care administration, and an MD degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.