Phil Smith


Associate Faculty

I come from a long line of Navajo traditional healers. I am passionate about providing the best healthcare and public health training to Native communities across the nation.


Phil Smith, MD, MPH is a Senior Clinician for Utah Navajo Health System and an Associate Faculty member at Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. He works closely with the Center’s Training team on developing and implementing courses and mentoring students. 

He previously served as Chair, IHS National Institutional Review Board, and remains a member. He also previously served as the Director, IHS Office of Health Program and Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Service. Dr. Smith received his Medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. A Family and Community Medicine physician, he is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Family Practice and The American College of Preventive Medicine and Board Certified in both specialties. He is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University School.

Dr. Smith grew up on the Navajo Indian reservation and after his medical and residency training, returned to the Indian reservation to serve as a family and emergency medicine physician in several rural sites over several decades before being assigned to his work at Indian Health Service.

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