W. Roy (“Will”) Smythe, M.D. is the Sr. Vice President for Institute Development, and the Medical Director for Innovation for the Scott & White Healthcare system. He is also Professor of Surgery and Molecular and Cellular Medicine for the Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine, and the Glen and Rita K. Roney Endowed Chair in Surgery.
As a physician-scientist, his clinical focus has been thoracic cancers, and his research interests have included molecular therapeutics and programmed cell death. He is the founder of the Center for Cell Death and Differentiation, a Scott & White / Texas A&M medical school research group.
With his colleagues at Scott & White, Dr. Smythe has initiated several innovative projects directed at changing health care delivery, including using evidence-based guidelines across an entire system, changes in physician communication, hospital and clinic structural design, and quality and safety in the operating room.
He has been named to the list of “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2003. He has published more than 200 manuscripts and essays related to his research, as well as surgical history, education and the human side of medicine.