Kimberly Smith

Executive Partner and Market Leader, Academic Medicine and Health Sciences

A former hospital CEO and highly experienced search consultant, Kim Smith is a senior partner and leads WittKieffer’s Academic Medicine and Health Sciences Practice. She is responsible for ensuring consistency, excellence, collaboration, and outstanding client service across the practice. Based in Boston as well as Naples, Florida, Kim also leads searches for CEOs, COOs, physician executives, medical school deans, and other senior and academic administrators. With WittKieffer she has conducted more than 350 searches, including more than 80 for presidents or CEOs.

Kim joined the firm after many years in senior-level operations and human resources at Northeast Health System and Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts. She served as chief operating officer for the Beverly Hospital Hunt Center and was an integral member of the senior management team that positioned Northeast Health as a leader in vertically integrated healthcare systems. Most recently, she was president and CEO of Jewish Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Boston where she had executive accountability for the 207-bed, long-term acute care hospital.

Active in the advancement of healthcare leadership, a frequent author, and a regular speaker at industry events, Kim is a former ACHE Fellow (FACHE) and served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of ACHE. Kim has also held leadership roles in community organizations. She is the former chair of the Southern Essex Workforce Investment Board, the former co-chair of the North Shore Healthcare Consortium, a collaboration of more than 20 hospitals and higher education institutions, and also served on the board of her alma mater, McDaniel College, formerly Western Maryland College. Kim is the former vice chair and lead director of WittKieffer’s board of directors, as well as a WittKieffer Quality Award winner.

Distinctions

Former Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives

WittKieffer Quality Award Winner

Education

Masters, Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.A., Political Science and Sociology, cum laude, Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD

Expertise

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Physician Integration and Leadership

Human Resources

Presidents/CEOs

Publications

Military Solution: How Veterans Can Help Fill the VoidWhy Healthcare Leadership Roles Elude Military VeteransThree Emerging, Essential Leadership Roles in Academic MedicineThe Value of Physicians on the Academic Medical Center BoardHow to Host a Video InterviewVideo Interviews: Guidelines for Leadership CandidatesPhysician and Faculty Burnout as an Occupational Risk in Academic MedicineWhy Doctors Make Good Healthcare CEOsNew Year, New Rules for Recruiting Healthcare Workers, Leaders