Dr. Mark Smith has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the California HealthCare Foundation since its formation in 1996. The Foundation is an independent philanthropy with assets of more than $700 million, headquartered in Oakland, California and dedicated to improving the health of the people of California through its program areas: Better Chronic Disease Care, Innovations for the Underserved, Market and Policy Monitor, and Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative.
A board-certified internist, Smith is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco and an attending physician at the Positive Health Program (for AIDS care) at San Francisco General Hospital. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Prior to joining the California HealthCare Foundation, Smith was Executive Vice President at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He previously served as Associate Director of AIDS Services and Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the Performance Measurement Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Smith received a Bachelor's degree in Afro-American studies from Harvard College, a Medical Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master's of Business Administration, with a concentration in Health Care Administration, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.