Smith, Robert J.



  • Robert J. Smith, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in Dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his B.S. in Linguistics and Anthropology from Emory University in 2011 and received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 2016. He then completed his internship in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia followed by his residency in Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chief resident in 2019-2020. During medical school, he completed a research fellowship through the Social Media and Health Innovation Lab and the Center for Emergency Care Policy.

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research overview

  • I seek to utilize tools from the social sciences, such as qualitative interviews, mixed-methods research, and medical ethics, to address issues related to the triple aim of healthcare reform. I see dermatology as the ideal clinical sub-specialty to tackle questions related to diversity in medicine, racial inequity, and racial health disparities. In our advocacy and research priorities, I believe that dermatologists should be leaders in dismantling the racist architecture that underpins our medical institutions. I also have interests in tropical dermatology, global health, and global-local projects that increase access and quality of care to underserved populations. Separately, I am interested in initiatives to decrease physician burnout and enhance resiliency in the medical training experience.

full name

  • Robert J. Smith


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