Dr. Jeffrey Smith is an obstetrician-gynecologist and public health practitioner with 20 years of clinical and public health experience in more than 30 developing countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. At Jhpiego, he serves as the Vice President for Technical Leadership. In this capacity, he provides leadership for Jhpiego’s current and emerging technical portfolios, and helps to ensure the technical and clinical quality of the organization’s programs worldwide. Together with the entire technical leadership team, Dr. Smith supports technical and strategic assessments and design of programs at the national level and standardization and strengthening of clinical capacity development systems for health workers through both pre-service education and in-service training systems. He also ensures the use of program data and experience for program learning and as a driver of change. His main clinical expertise is in reproductive, maternal and newborn health, with a growing interest in infectious diseases—including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria—and the impact of chronic diseases on the health of populations.
Until recently, Dr. Smith was the Maternal Health Team Leader at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program in Washington, DC. He served as a volunteer in Peru between college and medical school and has extensive international experience in more than 30 countries. Dr. Smith spent 10 years in Asia for Jhpiego serving in various technical capacities in Nepal, as Reproductive Health Advisor to the Ministry of Health; in Afghanistan, assisting the Ministry of Public Health to rebuild the system for the provision of reproductive and maternal/newborn health and strengthen midwifery education and services; and in Thailand, as Jhpiego’s Asia Regional Technical Director, providing technical and programmatic support to Jhpiego’s programs throughout the region.
Dr. Smith received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and his master in public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is also Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.