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Kevin S. Smith, M.D., first African-American graduate at the Marshall School of Medicine

undefinedKevin S. Smith, M.D., is a 1986 graduate of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM.) A native of Logan County, West Virginia, Smith enrolled in Marshall University in the late 1970’s   and played football for the Thundering Herd.   He was the first African-American graduate at the School of Medicine and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Louisville.  Dr. Smith, whose practice is Integrated Pain Specialists in San Diego, Calif., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, with a Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management.  He is also a Qualified Medical Evaluator with the Department of Industrial Relations. 

He and his wife, Tammy, also a West Virginia native, established the Dr. Kevin S. and Mrs. Tammy C. Smith Endowed Scholarship in 2007 in an effort to help other medical students defray the cost of attending medical school.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Logan County, however, if there is not a qualified Logan County recipient, the scholarship will out to a former athlete from West Virginia.       

The SOM's Office of Diversity strives to recruit a diverse population of medical students.  Diversity in background, outlook and interest is inherent in the practice of medicine. An appreciation and understanding of diversity is an important aspect of medical school training.   Marshall University JCE School of Medicine recognizes that the academic, medical, and scientific community benefits from diversity through the joining together of ideas brought from different points of view.   

For information about Diversity Programs at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, visit our webpage at  or contact Dr. Shelvy Campbell, assistant dean of diversity by emailing

 Information about scholarship development may be directed to Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs by emailing

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015