Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health
9D University Health Center
Assistant's Name: Audrey Ector
Dr. Smitherman Jr. is Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health, and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and the Karmanos Cancer Institute. He is also President and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation, a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike in the city of Detroit. His research and expertise focus primarily on creating sustainable systems of care for urban communities, for which he has received more than $10 million in grant funding to study. Dr. Smitherman has spent the past twenty-one years working with diverse communities in Detroit to develop urban-based primary-care delivery systems that integrate the health, social goals and concerns of the community. Dr. Smitherman recently co-authored and released a book, "Taking Care of the Uninsured: A Path to Reform."