Dr. Richard Smith, MD

Richard Smith is Chair of the Board of Trustees of ICCDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and Chair of Patients Know Best. He is also Chair of the Oversight Committee of the Cochrane Library, and a member of the Board of Children’s HeartLink.

Until recently he was the Director of the United Health Chronic Disease Initiative, a program with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that has created 11 centers in low and middle income countries that work to counter chronic diseases.  He was also the editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and Chief Executive of the BMJ Publishing Group. A member of the Board of the Public Library of Science for 7 years, he continues to blog for the BMJ and to publish regularly, including on how artificial intelligence might improve healthcare. He also worked as a television doctor at the BBC and TV-AM.

Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation and a Visiting Professor at Warwick Medical School. Having qualified in Medicine in Edinburgh, Smith worked in hospitals in Scotland and New Zealand.

Richard holds a degree in Management Science from the Stanford Business School. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2000.