Paul Smith, MD
Dr. Smith, a professor at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been a practicing family physician for 30 years, and has been involved in practice-based research for over 24 years. He has held leadership roles in the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN), a primary care practice-based research network, since 2006. He has been involved in literacy and health literacy initiatives and research for over 10 years and has presented about health literacy at a wide variety of local, regional, national and international meetings. Dr. Smith has been a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Literacy (parent organization of Health Literacy Wisconsin) since 2003. He received the Literacy Advocate of the Year award from Wisconsin Literacy in 2008. He graduated with his BA in chemistry from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and received his MD from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Smith has been on the UW Department of Family Medicine faculty since 1995. He is one of a small number of physicians nationally recognized as experts in the health literacy field.