Biography & Expertise
Dean Smith is Dean of the School of Public Health at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and Professor of Health Policy and Systems Management. Prior to joining the LSU Health Science Center he was Professor of Health Management & Policy and Director of Executive Education and Life-Long Learning at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Health Management & Policy and Senior Associate Dean for Administration. He was also Visiting Professor in the executive programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado at Denver.
Professor Smith was the first Health Insurance Association of America faculty fellow, working at Lincoln National Life. He later co-founded two HMOs and served as President and CEO of Good Health Michigan. These plans were acquired by Molina Healthcare Inc. and he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. He also served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Public Health Institute, Vice-Chair of the Board of Visitors at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
He is committed to a line of teaching, research and service that provides a better understanding of the financial aspects of working with and working in health care delivery and financing organizations. He has published more than one hundred scientific papers and supervised more than fifty doctoral dissertations. He is Editor of the Journal of Health Administration Education, Associate Editor of the Open Journal of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Managed Care and other journals. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from Texas A&M University.