Dr. Smith’s foundation in health began with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, and has provided him with exceptional experiences in the areas of general family medicine, public health policy and administration (federal and local), minority health, and health equity and disparities issues.
Dr. Jimmie Smith graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in 1990, received his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1994, and completed residency training at the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program in Albany, Georgia. After residency, he was selected as the Education Staff Fellow at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2007, he completed the Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Environmental Health from Fort Valley State University, and has completed graduate courses Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
His professional experiences include, but are not limited to, having served as the Professor of Practice for the College of Health Sciences with Argosy University-Atlanta, and adjunct professor roles with Atlanta Metropolitan College and the Department of Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. He has managed the Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative for Bibb County Schools, served as the Deputy Director of Clinical Services for the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, and served as the Health Services Program Supervisor for the Macon-Bibb County Health Department. Dr. Smith gained federal public health experience while serving as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Health and 16th Surgeon General of the United States.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Smith served as an Assistant Professor of Practice for Mercer University where he has facilitated courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and served as the Liaison for the Academic Health Department with the Georgia Department of Public Health, North Central Health District. This relationship was the first of its kind in the state of Georgia- helping to strengthen the links between public health practice and academia and dismantling the separation between the education of public health professionals and the practice of public health by engaging students in real-world public health practice throughout Georgia.
In January 2019, Dr. Smith was named the Senior Deputy for Health Science in the Chronic Disease Section at the Georgia Department of Public Health. In this role, he is responsible for achieving a team-based environment that supports research, evaluation, and program delivery excellence through support of communities and health districts to reduce the burden of chronic disease and cancer in the State of Georgia.
Dr. Smith is married to Dr. Yvette Monique Davis-Smith, and they have three children- Elizabeth, a Spelman College alum in doctoral studies at University of Delaware in the Department of Plant and Soil Science; Amelia, a fourth year biomedical engineering major at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Gordon, a freshman at Morehouse College.