Teresa Y. Smith, MD, MSEd, FACEP

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Affiliations

Designated Institutional Official

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Dr. Teresa Y. Smith, MD, MSEd currently serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and DIO at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, overseeing approximately 1,000 house staff physicians across the campus. She is also a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and works clinically in the Kings County Hospital Emergency Department. After completing her undergraduate degree at Spelman College, Dr. Smith attended NYU School of Medicine, and finished her training in emergency medicine at NYU/ Bellevue Hospital. She completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at SUNY Downstate, and obtained her Master in Medical Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith has spent her career championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine and received the Dr. Dale Blackstock Award in Teaching and Excellence for her demonstrated commitment to advising and mentoring medical students and trainees. She has authored many articles addressing diversity, equity, inclusion and how to diversify the physician workforce. She has been consulted by accreditation agencies, and both state and national governmental bodies for her expertise. She was also honored among the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Minority Leaders in 2019. In 2022, Dr. Smith led her institution in receiving the ACGME’s Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. In 2023, Dr. Smith was awarded a Josiah Macy Foundation President Grant for a project where she is a co-PI, and whose objective is to create inclusive clinical learning environments where all learners can thrive.