Joshua F. Smith, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA


Joshua F. Smith, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA started his career practicing Family Medicine, but transitioned to Duke Otolaryngology in 2006. He has been in this position since then and was recently promoted to Clinical Director of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) in Otolaryngology. Most of his time is utilized seeing patients in the outpatient clinic and supporting my APP team administratively.

KIPL Influence

KIPL helped me to realize that there were many leadership opportunities out there, I just had to be confident enough to take them. Since graduating from KIPL, I have served in multiple leadership roles at work and through my affiliation with the NC Academy of PAs. I have been a committee chair, chief delegate to the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates and President of the NCAPA. I have also participated in state and federal advocacy for my profession.

 Daily Motivation and Mantra

The main reason I go to work every day is because I have this opportunity to help my patients. The truth is, I find working in Otolaryngology to be a lot of fun. I quite enjoy the challenge.

My daily mantra is “Stay positive. It is a privilege to be allowed into a patient’s private life. Every small success adds up and makes a huge difference in the end.”


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