50 Most Influential Physician Executives – 2018
President/CEO, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Smith has been president and CEO of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) since 2006. Since taking over, she's pushed the organization down new paths, including opening a new hospital in 2017. At the one-of-a-kind facility, researchers and clinicians work side-by-side addressing patient needs and studying new techniques to get them moving again. She's exploring opportunities for the hospital to take on more financial risk as it contracts with insurers.