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Kelly Smith

  • PhD, Associate Professor
  • Director
  • MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
  • 19h-indexImpact measure calculated using publication and citation counts. Updated daily.
  • 1746CitationsNumber of citations received by Kelly's publications. Updated daily.

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Research interests

Womens HealthPatient SafetyHealth Technology AssessmentPreventionBehavior ChangeCommunication & Resolution ProgramsImplementation ScienceHealth Services Research


Kelly Smith, PhD is the center director of quality and safety research at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. Dr. Smith is a clinical kinesiologist and holds a Ph.D. in applied cardiovascular physiology from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON). Her research focuses on identifying and overcoming lapses in patient safety and quality care through innovation and collaboration. Notably, she is a leading investigator in the areas of patient-centered reporting of medical error and other perceived breakdowns in care and along with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago has pioneered a communication and resolution program known as the Seven Pillars. Dr. Smith has a strong background in health services research methodology and health policy and program analysis working as a consultant for the Government of Ontario, Canada and hospitals systems within Southern Ontario (Canada). She has held personnel awards and fellowships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Federation of University Women, the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr. Smith is the author of several peer-reviewed articles published in journals including Heart, Quality & Safety in Healthcare, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, International Journal of Cardiology, Heart & Lung, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, and the ACGME Bulletin and has presented at several national and international conferences.

Co-authors (75)

  • Shwetha Akshaya
  • Cheryl Iglesia
  • Kyle Quigley
  • Jamie Brown
  • crystal morales

Publications (5)

  • Antibiotic beads and osteomyelitis: Here today, what's coming tomorrow?

    • Kent M
    • Rapp R
    • Smith K
  • Influence of a urinary tract infection empiric treatment pathway on physician prescribing in an academic medical center

    • LeClaire A
    • Lopez I
    • Smith K
    • et al.
  • Staying in rhythm: Management of patients at risk for torsade de pointes

    • Blancett J
    • Flynn J
    • Akers W
    • et al.
  • Use of club drugs by HIV-seropositive and HIV-seronegative gay and bisexual men.

    • Romanelli F
    • Smith K
    • Pomeroy C
  • Certificate program in teaching for pharmacy residents

    • Romanelli F
    • Smith K
    • Brandt B

Professional experience


MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety

July 2017 - Present

Scientific Director, Quality and Safety Research

MedStar Health Research Institute

January 2013 - June 2017(4 years)



McMaster University

September 2003 - September 2007(4 years)