Dr. Smith’s early years were spent growing up west of Summit, MS, not far from the current practice location at Pinnacle Medical Clinic, and he attended North Pike elementary and middle schools, then South Pike middle school, before finishing his last three years of high school at Parklane Academy in 1986. He attended Southwest MS Community College until 1988 and then graduated magna cum laude from University of Mississippi in 1990 with a B.S. degree in biology. He then graduated from University of Mississippi Medical School in 1994 before finishing residency in University of Mississippi Department of Family Medicine in 1997. Dr. Smith has also taken courses at Wesley Biblical Seminary from 2005-2006 and currently is taking modern Hebrew language courses through Hebrew University of Jerusalem while keeping up his continuing medical education and board certification educational requirements.
While still in residency, he started a free clinic in McComb, Mississippi; it was named after his late father, the Joseph B. Smith Memorial Medical Clinic. With the assistance of several local volunteers, the clinic initially saw patients once monthly beginning in 1995 in a back room of Saint Andrews United Methodist Church before a building was purchased for the clinic and a new Christian radio station, WAQL 90.5 FM. He received the Glaxo-Wellcome /American Medical Association Leadership Award in 1996 for local community service among 40 other chosen residents in the nation. He received the In-Training Exam Award in 1997 from the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Smith has been the station manager for the radio station since that time and the station’s local studio moved to the current location with the clinic in 2000; from 1999 - 2015, he hosted a radio program for live health questions and other topics. The building on Canal Street was sold when the radio studio was moved while St. Andrews continued a free medical clinic in a different location. The initial beginnings of Horizon hospice (now Hospice Compassus) were in the same building on Canal Street then and Dr. Smith was their first medical director. In 1997, Dr. Smith began full-time family medicine practice located on Marion Avenue in McComb and then moved to the current building on Highway 570 just inside Amite County in 2000. From 2008-2012, Dr. Smith served as the first administrator for GraceWay Christian Academy in Summit. He has been involved in various other positions of leadership in the community and state; he continues to seek ways to help southwest Mississippi to be an even better place to live, work, and have healthy families.
Dr. Smith was recognized in October 2013 as a Bridges To Excellence quality provider of care to diabetics (level 1) and physician office systems (level 2). Also, in 2013 and other subsequent years, he received a Patient Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition from a physician review company. In November 2016, Pinnacle Medical Clinic received an award for quality from the MS Rural Health Association at a reception in Hattiesburg honoring Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.
Dr. Smith has participated in four different clinical research trials while at Pinnacle Medical Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has been continually board certified since 1997 by the American Board of Family Practice with recertifications in 2004 and 2014. Dr. Smith served on the medical staff of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center from 1997-2001 and continues to serve on the medical staff of Beacham Memorial Hospital since 2000. He served as chief of medical staff at Beacham Memorial Hospital from 2010-2011 and 2013 - 2015; he served as medical staff secretary from 2015-2017. Presently, at Beacham, Dr. Smith is the chief of medical staff and serves as chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. In 2012, he was granted the degree of fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). In 2014, he became a Certified Medical Examiner for USDOT FMCSA. He is the medical director of Camellia Hospice of McComb since October 2014. The practice works with Aledade ACO with participation in a practice transformation program to enable us to provide cost-effective, quality care to our Medicare patients; Dr. Smith is a board member of the MS/TN ACO group. In 2016, he became certified to be able to prescribe Suboxone for helping patients who have opiate addictions. Since November 2016, he started part-time physician work at the McComb Community Based Outpatient Clinic of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Jackson, MS. In 2017, he started working with Affiliated Monitors of Massachusetts.
David P. Smith, M.D., FAAFP
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