Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Smothers has served as the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland since March 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience as a physician, with a proven track record in clinical quality and patient safety outcomes. He serves as the primary liaison between the medical staff, clinical leadership, and administrative team to improve customer service, clinical quality, and patient safety. In addition, he is actively involved in developing clinical integration and population health initiatives for the system and is a physician advisor resource to the Shady Grove care management team.
Prior to joining Shady Grove, he was the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Quality Officer at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, MD. While at Carroll, patient care steadily improved to where it was ranked # 1 in Maryland for overall hospital care and overall medical care in 2011, 2012, 2013, according to CareChex, a nationally recognized hospital care rating agency. In 2013 CHC received the Delmarva Foundation’s Excellence Award for Quality Improvement. Formerly, Dr. Smothers was the Medical Director of the Medicine Service Line at MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Center, a large teaching community hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was responsible for strategic and operational planning for all emergency and inpatient adult medical care and supervised many quality and safety initiatives at Franklin. Through his efforts and leadership with implementation of evidenced-based medical practice and developing teams, MedStar FSMC received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2005 and 2006, the Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award in 2005, and Solucient’s Top 100 Hospitals in 2003.
He earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University and medical degree at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine training at UCSF/Mt. Zion Health Medical Center and is board certified in internal medicine. He was an Associate Chair of Emergency Medicine at NYU/Bellevue Medical Centers in NYC and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Greenwich Hospital Yale New Haven Health in Connecticut. He has been an active member of many professional and community organizations and was a physician volunteer at Access Carroll in Carroll County and AmeriCares Free Clinics in Norwalk, CT, organizations that provides free health care to the underserved. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, serves as the Chair of the Board of the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Maryland Hospital Association.