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Michael W. Smith, MD

Michael W. Smith, MDMichael W. Smith, MD

Internist, WebMD Medical Expert
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Internal Medicine

134 Answers88 Followers3 Best Answers10,555 Helpful Answer Votes
 

Bio

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 information.

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 health information.

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 Business Administration.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American College of Physicians and the HealthLeaders Media Council.

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Credentials

Organization Affiliations:
  • Chief Medical Editor, WebMD
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
 

My Answers

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A. Most strokes are due to a blood clot in the brain, which is essentially the same thing that causes a heart attack. For this type of stroke, we would...
A. Artificial sweeteners, including Splenda (sucralose), are considered safe and are a good option for limiting caloric intake. There is actually no...
A. Yes. You can definitely get too much vitamin D. It's a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it can build up in the body if you take too much, which can...
A. Fiber, fiber, fiber and water, water, water.One of the main diet issues for people with diverticulosis is not getting enough fiber. You want to aim...
A. I like that you still want to eat healthy even though you need to gain weight. I would say you should eat the same foods I would normally tell people...
A. Generally, you should eat the same healthy diet that most people should eat, meaning plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein (lean meat, beans...
A. I would say stop dieting. Trying to stick to ""a diet"" is one of the best ways to set yourself up for failure.Instead, try eating 5 or 6 times a day...
A. Eating only one meal a day is not enough for several reasons. It's highly likely that you're not going to get the nutrients you need to stay strong...
A. Generally, the older we get the fewer calories we need to stay the same weight. But age itself isn't really the issue. We tend to be less active as...
A. It started a few years ago when there was a flu shot shortage. No flu shot for me that year. I thought to myself, “I don’t want the miserable flu...
A. Yes, for many reasons. Today, almost half of all prescriptions in the United States are filled with generic drugs. They are less expensive and often...
A. While a mask could theoretically help prevent swine flu, it’s a bit much for most people and really not necessary. ... ... Sure, if someone is...