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Mark Smith

Chief Innovation Officer , MedStar Health

Mark Smith, M.D is Chief Innovation Officer of MedStar Health and the Director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation, where he leads a system-wide initiative to catalyze and foster innovation. Dr. Smith is also professor and chair of emergency medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Prior to his appointment as director of MI2, Dr. Smith served as chair of the department of emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years and as chair of MedStar Emergency Physicians

Dr. Smith’s interests include digital health, data science, complex systems theory, information visualization, catalyzing sustainable and self-organizing change that is for the better, and scaling that change within and across large systems. The MedStar Institute for Innovation includes a technology commercialization capability (MedStar Inventor Services); a center for human factors in healthcare; initiatives in consumer health, mobile health, and telehealth; a platform for training in creativity, design, and influence; and a collaboration program with start-ups in the healthcare space.

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit