Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH – Director, Center for Global Health (Acting)

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH is the acting director for the Center for Global Health (CGH) where he leads CDC’s efforts to protect and improve health globally through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action. Dr. Smith also serves as Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science (DDPHSIS) where he leads, promotes, and facilitates programs and policies that identify and respond to public health threats, improve health domestically and internationally, and puts science into action.

Dr. Smith received a bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a Master of Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary, also in Texas. He completed his Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and his MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston. Dr. Smith is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He received his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the UK. His clinical interests include HIV, global health, and emerging infectious diseases.

Dr. Smith previously served as Secretary of Health and State Epidemiologist for the state of Arkansas and voluntary Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Arkansas College of Public Health. He also served for 7 years as a medical missionary at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. During part of that time he was faculty lead and Country Medical Director for the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Kenya and Senior Medical Technical Advisor for the PEPFAR-funded AIDS Relief program in East Africa. Smith is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church. He and his wife have four children adopted from Kenya.

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