Melissa Smith, M.D.

Melissa Smith, M.D.

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Melissa Smith (BA, History of Science, Harvard University; MD, University of Washington) is a family medicine physician who has worked in primary care clinics in East Austin since 1996.

She also is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches a seminar on community-based participatory research on health disparities and the UT Oaxaca Global Health Study Abroad program. She served on two curriculum task forces for the Dell Medical School. Previously, Dr. Smith served as medical director of the Seton Community Health Centers, chair of the physician advisory board of the Integrated Care Collaboration, and co-founder of the East Austin Community Health Promoters Project. Dr. Smith has helped develop training programs for community health workers and midwives, as well as practiced medicine in Nicaragua and Guatemala. She has served as an author and medical editor for Hesperian Health Guides, widely used public health manuals on community health and empowerment. In 2012 Dr. Smith received the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Humanitarian award.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Health disparities, community participatory research, health literacy, women’s health, global health


  • M.D., University of Washington, Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • B.A., Harvard University

Teaching History


Social Work Building


Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358