On April 25, 2009, the Military Health System’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Clinical and Program Policy, Dr. Jack Smith, was honored by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) for his outstanding contributions to medicine and medical management. After two years as an ACPE Diplomate, Dr. Smith was inducted into the organization’s prestigious fellowship, a recognition which comes in the wake of his leadership on a broad range of health policy, clinical quality and patient safety issues. This award adds to his growing list of accomplishments in the medical community including two highly esteemed fellowships with the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and holds a Master of Medical Management from Tulane University. He is a board certified Family Physician and served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 before retiring in 2005. In addition to his current duties, Dr. Smith also serves as the Acting Chief Medical Officer for TRICARE Management Activity.
For the past seven years, Dr. Smith’s leadership in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs has been a great service to the Department of Defense, and the nation. He provided valuable medical guidance and oversight to help develop a new, nationwide pilot Disability Evaluation System to offer a single physical examination for disability ratings in the Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD, making transition between the two systems much easier. That program, which will redefine the way soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines separate from active duty, is currently being expanded nationwide, with military installations like Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Drum and Travis Air Force Base beginning their own pilot programs in the coming months. Dr. Smith has also done exceptional work on the way wounded warriors receive care. His office helped establish new standards in clinical case management for wounded warriors and oversaw the establishment of new policies and training modules to improve patient safety and quality. In addition to these successes, his roles in disease management and population health have also been extraordinary.
The Military Health System is proud to have such expertise, leadership and patriotism in its senior leadership. Congratulations Dr. Smith – you are an exceptional Physician Executive. TRICARE and the Military Health System are proud to follow your lead!