Joseph M. Smith, MD, PhD, FACC - initiative

In his role as chief medical and science officer of West Health, Dr. Joseph M. Smith brings strategic, engineering and clinical expertise to advance West Health's unique, one-of-a-kind initiative’s mission to lower health care costs through the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center, West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator. All of these entities focus on lowering costs by creating innovative, patient-centered solutions that deliver the right care at the right place at the right time. Dr. Smith’s role encompasses directing the West Health Institute’s medical and clinical research and is a co-manager of West Health Investment Fund.
Dr. Smith has an extensive career at the intersection of clinical medicine and engineering. Prior to joining the Institute, he was vice president of emerging technologies for Johnson & Johnson in their corporate office of science and technology. He also served as senior vp and chief medical officer of Guidant/Boston Scientific’s Cardiac Rhythm Management. Before accepting leadership roles in the industry, Dr. Smith was a practicing cardiologist for almost two decades, starting at the Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston, with sub-specialty training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Smith also established the Arrhythmia Institute in Fairfax, VA, which specializes in interventional cardiac electrophysiology and clinical research.
Dr. Smith was named one of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better" by HealthLeaders Magazine in 2010. He serves as faculty at the University of Southern California and advisor to Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, the Wellcome Trust, and a number of innovative health care and technology start-up companies. He has testified before Congress on the value of health care technology and the potential of wireless health technology to lower health care costs. He's also a member of the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup, providing expert input on topics identified by the FDA, ONC and FCC concerning the regulation of health information technology. Dr. Smith holds a B.E.S from The Johns Hopkins University; a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Bio Image: 
Employee Name: 
Joseph M. Smith, MD, PhD, FACC
Order of Bio: 
Site ID: 

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Science Officer

Leadership Type: 
Board of Directors
Policy Fellow?: 
Display Position: