Dr. Lynn Smitherman is the Vice-Chair of Pediatric Education at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
She received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals and a Chief Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Dr. Smitherman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Pediatric Section of the National Medical Association (NMA). Representing the NMA, Dr. Smitherman served on the Steering Committee of the AAP Pediatric Research in Office Settings to improve minority representation in clinical research, and on the AAP’s Task Force to Address Bias and Discrimination, which led to the AAP’s Policy Statement on the Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health published in July 2019. She also serves as the AAP’s District V Diversity and Inclusion Champion.
Dr. Smitherman has been a pediatrician in Detroit for 30 years, at Detroit Riverview Hospital immediately after her residency and at Children’s Hospital of Michigan for the past 25 years. She feels privileged to now care for patients that are children of her former patients.
Dr. Smitherman’s research interests include medical education, curriculum development, social determinants of health, and diversity and inclusion in medicine.