Kelly is the Head of Patient Safety and Quality Research at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. Dr. Smith is an emerging leader in patient safety and quality research with an emphasis on patient and family partnerships. Her publications can be found in peer reviewed journals and she presents extensively on issues related to communication and resolution and patient partnerships to improve patient safety across the continuum of care.
She received her Master of Science in physiology and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in medical sciences from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She joined MedStar Health in 2013 as a scientist in residence with the Department of Quality and Safety.