Gregory Randall Smith Jr

  • 47 Citations
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Research Interests

Randy Smith is a career hospitalist and currently serves as Unit Medical Director for Unit 16 West at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has served as an implementation mentor in four Federally or privately funded multihospital quality improvement programs. His quality improvement experience includes direct involvement in development projects at thirteen hospitals throughout his career, with project focus ranging from prevention of unplanned readmissions, optimization of hospital throughput, design of handover systems and diagnosis notification systems for discharged patients, inpatient medication reconciliation, unit-level teamwork and service design, quality dashboard design, standardization of acute asthma care, and opiate use in inpatient pain management. He is a Consultant in Acute Medicine (United Kingdom) and previously served as Clinical Director of Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian in Scotland. His work as a health services researcher focuses on hospital resource utilization, and how hospital resources and service design shape medical decision making. He has consulted for counsel in medical litigation in seven US states, and has led over 50 root cause analyses of adverse events for institutions. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and is presently clinically active in the care of medical inpatients, both independently and via the supervision of residents and students.

Certifications and Licenses

Internal Medicine

Training Experience

2004Residency, Emory University School of Medicine

Education/Academic qualification

MS, Northwestern University

… → 2015

MD, Emory University

… → 2001

Research interests

  • Health Services Research
  • Patient Safety

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Work Schedule Tolerance Medicine & Life Sciences
Inpatients Medicine & Life Sciences
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Hospital Medical Staffs Medicine & Life Sciences
State Medicine Medicine & Life Sciences
Handheld Computers Medicine & Life Sciences
Patient Readmission Medicine & Life Sciences
Medical Errors Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2017 2022

Quality Improvement

Research Output 2012 2016

  • 47 Citations
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Letter
3 Citations (Scopus)

Association of hospital admission service structure with early transfer to critical care, hospital readmission, and length of stay

Smith Jr, G. R., Ma, M., Hansen, L. O., Christensen, N. & O'Leary, K. J., Oct 1 2016, In : Journal of Hospital Medicine. 11, 10, p. 669-674 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Readmission
Critical Care
Length of Stay
40 Citations (Scopus)

The effect of tablet computers with a mobile patient portal application on hospitalized patients' knowledge and activation

O'Leary, K. J., Lohman, M. E., Culver, E., Killarney, A., Smith Jr, G. R. & Liebovitz, D. M., Jan 1 2016, In : Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 23, 1, p. 159-165 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Handheld Computers
Patient Participation
Physician's Role
1 Citation (Scopus)

Perceptions of safety are shaped by the hospital environment

Smith Jr, G. R., Devisetty, V. K. & Mitra, D. L., Jan 1 2013, In : JAMA Internal Medicine. 173, 15, p. 1471-1472 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Work Schedule Tolerance
Hospital Medical Staffs
Medical Errors
3 Citations (Scopus)

Acute medicine in the United Kingdom: First-hand perspectives on a parallel evolution of inpatient medical care

Randy Smith, G., Stein, J. M. & Jones, M. C., Mar 1 2012, In : Journal of hospital medicine. 7, 3, p. 254-257 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Diffusion of Innovation
State Medicine
Emergency Medicine