Nathaniel Smith


Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH is CDC’s Deputy Director for Public Health Service and Implementation Science (DDPHSIS) where he leads, promotes, and facilitates programs and policies that identify and respond to public health threats, improve health domestically and internationally, and puts science into action. Smith previously served as Director and State Health Officer for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and as Secretary of Health and as President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Dr. Smith received a BA from Rice University in Houston, Texas, an MA from Dallas Theological Seminary, his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and his MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and his clinical interests include HIV, global health, and emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Smith is also an ordained minister in the Anglican Church. He and his wife served as medical missionaries at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. He also served as Country Medical Director for the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Kenya and Senior Medical Technical Advisor for the AIDSRelief program in East Africa. He and his wife have four children adopted from Kenya.