Carolyn Smith, M.D.
Carolyn Smith, MDMarquette University

Schroeder Complex, 248D

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6202

Clinical Associate Professor

Exercise Science

Dr. Smith received her undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin. Following a graduate degree in exercise physiology from Northern Illinois University, Dr. Smith completed her medical studies at the University of Illinois. She obtained her residency training in family practice at St. Michael Hospital, an affiliated hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Additional sports medicine training was gained at the University of Wisconsin where she was a visiting fellow in the orthopedic sports medicine program. She is board-certified in family medicine.

Dr. Smith joined the University Medical Clinic in 2002 as its Medical Director. In 2004 she was named head medical team physician and medical director for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Athletic Training Educational Program, a position she still holds. She became the Executive Director of the University Medical Clinic in 2009. Dr. Smith is an adjunct clinical faculty member in the College of Health Sciences. She guest lectures in multiple courses through the Department of Physical Therapy as well. She will be starting a runner clinic at Marquette that will be open to students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the public.

Prior to joining Marquette, Dr. Smith was in private practice in Mequon, Wisconsin before accepting a position with the Medical College of Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has presented at numerous conferences and has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New Physician, and Clinics in Family Practice. She is the co-author of Running for Women, a book published in 2012.

An avid runner, Dr. Smith competed for the University of Wisconsin and participated in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. She is a national age-group record holder and former 100K and 24-hour national ultramarathon champion. She has been a member of the USA Track and Field 100K National Team on seven occasions, most recently in Italy where she was a member of the gold medal winning team. Dr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Wisconsin.


  • M.D., 1995 University of Illinois – Chicago
  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, 1989, Northern Illinois University
  • B.S., Exercise Physiology, 1987, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Courses Taught

  • ATTR 7230 Evaluation of the Lower Extremity
  • ATTR 7231 Evaluation of the Upper Extremity
  • ATTR 7122 Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • ATTR 7232 Evaluation of the Spine
  • ATTR 7470 Neuorologic Disorders and Disease
  • ATTR 7120 Pharmacology
  • ATTR 7471 Systemic Medical Disorders

Professional Affiliations

  • Physicians for a National Health Program, since 1992
  • American Academy of Family Practice, since 1992
  • Wisconsin Academy of Family Practice, since 1995
  • Wilderness Medical Society, since 1997
  • American College of Sports Medicine, since 1999


  • American Board of Family Practice Certification
  • Licensed Medical Doctor, state of Wisconsin