Palliative & Hospice Care Medicine
Dr. Linda Smith is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Specialist and Palliative Care Medicine Specialist with a wide variety of health care experience. She joined the AKWCC health care team in February of 2017 and provides: urgent care medicine, surgical assisting, palliative care for symptom management and hospice care for those patients who will not survive their cancers.
Dr. Smith completed her Emergency Medicine Specialty training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1995.She practiced Emergency Medicine and worked as a clinical instructor until she moved to Anchorage in 2000.Initially, she worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center Emergency Department in addition to working administratively and eventually as President of ANMC Medical staff. She helped design and implement several Quality Improvement projects in the ER before transitioning to Providence Alaska Medical Center ER in 2008.
In 2011, Dr. Smith elected to pursue additional education in Palliative and Hospice Care Medicine through fellowship training at Providence Alaska Medical Center. During her Palliative Medicine career, she opened new pathways into neonatal Palliative care and Pediatric hospice care in addition to initiating the development and implementation of the first outpatient Palliative Care Clinic in Alaska.
Dr. Smith now focuses on caring for Oncology patients and their families across the state of Alaska. She has worked to develop integrated care teams across multiple disciplines to assist in support and communication of care for cancer patients. She has been invited to speak locally, nationally, and internationally about her experience in the emerging field of Palliative Care medicine. Most recently, she has added video teleconferencing services as a part of her outpatient services.
Her passions outside of work include spending time with her family, fishing/fly fishing, rafting, mountain biking and hiking with friends.She is an avid swimmer and trains regularly for triathlons.