R. Shane Smith

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

B.D. Phillips Building
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Shane Smith serves as assistant professor of physician assistant studies. He currently works in the Ballad Health system as a trauma surgery, critical care, and acute care surgery PA. His previous experience includes working in emergency medicine while employed with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Shane worked as a pharmacy tech, medic, and flight medic in the United States Army, and he has served in multiple roles in several different deployed theaters around the world. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.

Shane earned his Master of Science from Springfield College. He is originally from east Kentucky and enjoys seeking out challenges and spending time with family.