As medical director and chief medical editor at WebMD,
Michael W. Smith, MD, is in charge of the medical team that is
responsible for upholding the accuracy and credibility of WebMD content,
including health news, features, videos, tools, and health reference
He first joined WebMD in 1999, and now oversees a team of
staff physicians and medical reviewers across the U.S. responsible for
creating content and assuring its continued medical accuracy and
relevance to the WebMD audience.
Dr. Smith is a regular guest on The Weather Channel and is
featured monthly on Fox 5 News in New York to discuss the latest health
headlines. Other appearances include Fox News, MSNBC, CBS’ The Early
Show, and Katie Couric's web-based show @KatieCouric, among others. In
addition, he has appeared in multiple publications, including Men's Health, Newsweek, Forbes, and Reader's Digest and
was featured as the Internet's Top Doc in USA Weekend. He has also been
interviewed by local and nationally syndicated radio stations,
magazines, and newspapers across the country, speaking on everything
from hangover remedies to navigating the Internet for accurate, credible
Dr. Smith also volunteers at the Good Samaritan Health Center
in Atlanta, where he sees patients who do not have health insurance or
are unable to pay for health care.
In 2012, Dr. Smith was selected to America’s Top Physicians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
As a general internist, Dr. Smith's interest and knowledge
span a wide array of medical topics. Arthritis is an area of personal
interest to him, having developed ankylosing spondylitis in his college
years. He is particularly interested in prevention and helping people
live a healthy, active lifestyle and is an American Council on Exercise
certified personal trainer.
Dr. Smith graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine
in Macon, Ga., in 1994, then did his internship in internal medicine at
the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He finished his
internal medicine residency -- his final year as chief resident -- at
Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He became board-certified by
the American Board of Internal Medicine and then entered private
practice as a primary care physician. He is pursuing a Master of
Dr. Smith is a member of the American College of Physicians and the HealthLeaders Media Council.