In his roles as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Science Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, Dr. Joseph M. Smith leads initiatives to identify and accelerate the use of health care innovations and technologies to advance the Institute’s mission of lowering health care costs.
Dr. Smith has an extensive career at the intersection of clinical medicine and engineering. Prior to joining the Institute, he was most recently Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Johnson & Johnson in their Corporate Office of Science and Technology. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Guidant / Boston Scientific, Cardiac Rhythm Management.
In 2010, Dr. Smith was named by HealthLeaders Magazine as one of the “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better,” joining Drs. Don Berwick, David Blumenthal, and Peter Pronovost among others. He currently serves as an advisor to Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, Case-Western Reserve University, and the Wellcome Trust. He has testified before Congress on the value of health care technology, and most recently, on the potential of wireless health technology to dramatically lower health care costs.
In addition to his role at the Institute, Dr. Smith is Co-Manager of the West Health Investment Fund. He holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 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.