Rick Smith


Richard I. Smith is a past Executive Vice President for Policy and Research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Previously, Rick was Vice President, Public Policy and Research at the American Association of Health Plans; Vice President, Health Policy at the Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans (now the American Benefits Council); Director, Public Policy at the Washington Business Group on Health (now the National Business Group on Health); and Staff Director of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Health Care Policy and Financing.

Mr. Smith is the principal author of two chapters of The Managed Health Care Handbook, 4th edition (2000), which is the premier reference on managed care practices. He also has written on disease management in The American Journal of Managed Care (2002), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in the Benefits Law Journal (1996), and defense procurement policy in International Security (1982).

Mr. Smith holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. He resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and three sons.