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Dr. Chirs Smith Named Pediatrics Chaiir

Dr. Christopher Smith, Chair of Pediatrics

TULSA, OKLA (Feb. 17, 2017) — Christopher Smith, MD has been named the Chair of the Pediatrics department for the OU-TU School of Community Medicine and OU Physicians-Tulsa by Dr. James Herman, dean of the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.

Dr. Smith joins the OU-TU School of Community Medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine where he most recently served as the Regional Associate Dean for Northwest Arkansas and Professor of Pediatrics. He previously served as Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director in the Department of Pediatrics.

“Because of his experience as a general pediatrician, pediatric educator, and working with community-based medical education and partnerships, Dr. Smith is a perfect fit for our unique program,” said Dr. James Herman.

In his role, Dr. Smith oversees all aspects of pediatric medical education, including medical student rotations and the Team for Children at Risk, which includes the Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship, child abuse medical exams, medical/legal partnership, and the department’s Fostering Hope program located at Youth Services of Tulsa.

Dr. Smith also oversees all clinical operations of the pediatric department, including specialties in cardiology, infectious diseases, adolescent medicine, and nephrology & hypertension (kidney/urinary issues and high blood pressure) which is the only department of its kind on this side of the state.

Dr. Smith received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He is board certified in pediatrics.

The OU-TU School of Community Medicine, a 4-year medical school, is a joint effort between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. It is among the nation’s leaders in the growing field of community medicine, which focuses on population-based health outcomes and the social determinants of health.

The OU-TU School of Community Medicine and its multi-specialty group practice, OU Physicians, includes more than 300 physicians, 110 medical students and 72 physician assistant students. Faculty physicians and residents perform approximately 250,000 patient visits per year and provide clinical care at four OU Physicians clinics, as well as St. John Medical Center, Hillcrest Medical Center, Saint Francis Medical Center, Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital, and Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville. For more information about the OU-TU School of Community Medicine or OU Physicians-Tulsa, call 918-660-3098 or visit