Kirk L. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Kirk L. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Endocrinology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
2.500A Rebecca Sealy Hospital
Galveston, TX 77555-0168
Dr. Kirk L. Smith is an MD/PhD graduate of UTMB who completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1998, while still a student at UTMB, he helped to found Frontera de Salud, a volunteer organization of health care students and professionals committed to bringing access to care to underserved communities. In his tenure as director of the program, Frontera has been instrumental in establishing community-based health education and promotion programs in underserved communities. Dr. Smith continues to serve as Executive Director of Frontera de Salud which now includes chapters at three Texas academic healthcare centers. In 2004, he received a Physician Advocacy Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in recognition of his efforts to improve health care access for the medically underserved in south Texas.
In 2005, his experience with community-based care led to his appointment as Associate Director for Community Outreach for the Stark Diabetes Center, where he was responsible for mobilizing coalitions of local stake holders to establish community-based programs in underserved communities throughout southeast and south Texas. In 2009, he took up a position as founding director of UT Community Outreach, a state-funded diabetes prevention and control program operating community-based programs in south Texas and along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.Currently available protocols are:
- CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
- General Medicine Admission
- Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
- MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
- Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
- Parenteral Opioids
- Sepsis, Adult ICU
- 111 - Stroke Alert
- 112 - Stroke Activation
- 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
- 3000000001 - Stroke Critical care without tPA
- 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
- 3004002 - Stroke Discharge
All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.
The department of Internal Medicine has a large role in the Meaningful Use Initiative. Our participation is key for the success of the initiative. Please visit the meaningful use website for important communication and updates from the Meaningful Use Initiative.