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Ryan Smith, MD

DEI Research Associate; HIV Track Resident

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Ryan Smith, MD


Ryan Smith, MD is a resident physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital's Internal Medicine Primary Care Program and HIV Training Track. He is a primary care physician at the Nathan Smith Clinic where he specializes in comprehensive HIV primary care and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). You may also meet him in his inpatient roles on a general internal medicine service or other medical sub-specialties at Yale-New Haven Hospital's York Street and St. Raphael's campuses.

He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, Washington). While in medical school, he served in the leadership of the nation's only medical student led and staffed HIV testing program for the urban under served population of Seattle. Clinical rotations he completed at the UW Medicine hospitals, but gained invaluable experience in the regional experiences he had in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. He continues to focus his clinical and academic career on social justice by resolving the disparities in health care. Here at Yale, he is actively developing the first curriculum in transgender medicine for Internal Medicine residents and facilitating the education sessions for his peers.

As a clinician, he believes health care to be a collaborative process, but one that is always anchored in the personal goals of each patient. He strives to empower his patients to be the leads in their own health care to achieve personal goals in health and happiness.

Education & Training

  • MD
    University of Washington School of Medicine (2017)
  • BA
    Bennington College (2008)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
First Place Abstract in Medical Education InnovationsSociety for General Internal Medicine Northeast2019
FLAGS AwardFund for Gay and Lesbian Studies Grant, Department of LGBT Studies, Yale University2019

Professional Service

Executive Diversity Committee, Department of MedicineMember2019 - Present
Dean's Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs, Yale School of MedicineBoard Member2018 - Present

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