Debra A. Smith DO, MIHM, MBA, FACPM, FAOCOPM, FABQAURP has worked as a health financing consultant for the World Bank and a public health consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and South Ossetia respectively. She served as the Corporate Medical Director for Highmark Life & Casualty, a national employer stop-loss, disability, life, Medicare supplemental and a regional workers' compensation carrier. She was also the Regional Medical Director for Disability & Workers' Compensation for Delphi Automotive, a former General Motors subsidiary. While working as the Chief Medical Officer for International Medical Group, she reengineered the medical evacuation process for her company's global health and travel customers, getting them to First World care in the most expedient manner possible. Dr. Smith was the Chief Medical Officer for Kentucky Health Cooperative in Louisville, Kentucky, a start-up insurer under the Affordable Care Act.
On June 11, 2013, Governor David Paterson of New York quoted Dr. Smith's writings in his keynote address to the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. Her biography has been profiled in the book The Feminine Touch: History of Women in Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Smith received her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has a Masters in Business Administration in Treasury Management and a Masters of International Health Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor degree in International Economics from Youngstown State University. She served her residency in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta GA. She has trained at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and completed the summer program in Tropical Medicine and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health.