MidState Medical Center is pleased to announce that Richard Smith, MD, a board certified pulmonologist who has been affiliated with MidState and practicing in the community for over 35 years, has been named President of the Medical Staff. Dr. Smith will serve a 2-year term, and provide oversight and leadership in matters concerning patient care and the medical staff.
Dr. Smith is a leading specialist in his field, having earned high satisfaction among his patients and his peers. In 2008, he was named the recipient of The Daniel Kahn Clinical Quality Award, given by MidState Medical Center. During his long tenure, Dr. Smith’s name has become synonymous with quality. Among his many accomplishments, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Medical Quality Management Committee, challenging practitioners at MidState to improve clinical quality through best practices, evidence based medicine and attention to patient safety goals.
More recently, Dr. Smith has served on the Board of Directors, on the Medical Board, as co-chair of the Critical Care Committee, as co-chair of the Quality Improvement Council, on the Medical Quality Management Committee, on the Intensive Care Unit Revision Project Team, and as Director of Utilization Review.
Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University and went on to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine and later a fellowship in pulmonary disease. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, Meriden-Wallingford Medical Society, New Haven County Medical Society, and American College of Chest Physicians.
Also serving as officers for the medical staff are Immediate Past President Rajani Nadkarni, MD and Vice President of the Medical Staff John Redmond, MD, who will serve as president in 2015.