William H. Smith, M.D.

Specialist in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Dr. William Smith graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine with his MD degree. He completed his Meds/Peds residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN, where he served as chief resident in his final year. He is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He joined Galen Medical Group right out of residency, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. In addition to his active practice at Galen, he serves as the Chief Medical Officer for One to One Personal Physician Network.

I SPECIALIZE IN:

  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine​
  • Preventive Healthcare​
  • Weight Management​
  • Wellness and Physicals​

I'M LOCATED AT

Galen East Internal Medicine

1651 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 302

Chattanooga, TN 37421

  • Call: (423) 899-2904
  • Fax: (423) 892-5058

BEEN IN PRACTICE:

Since

MY CARE PHILOSOPHY:

My goal is to provide comprehensive medical care for the entire family in a caring, convenient, cost-effective and accessible manner. 

 

MY EDUCATION:

M.D. | St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Certification | Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

I'M AFFILIATED WITH:

Certifications: 
Active in Maintenance of Certification through the American Board of Internal Medicine

Active in Maintenance of Certification through the American Board of Pediatrics

Organizations:
American College of Physicians

American Academy of Internal Medicine

American College of Pediatrics

Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society

SERVICES & PATIENT RESOURCES:

Preventive medicine is practiced by all physicians to keep their patients healthy. It is also a unique medical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Preventive medicine focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death.

Preventive medicine specialists are licensed medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO), who possess core competencies in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational medicine, planning and evaluation of health services, management of health care organizations, research into causes of disease and injury in population groups, and the practice of prevention in clinical medicine. They apply knowledge and skills gained from the medical, social, economic, and behavioral sciences.

Our pediatricians specialize in the care of children newborn through 18 years of age. They provide guidance for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children at every stage of development, as well as diagnosis and treat acute illness. Our physicians believe in and support the importance of immunizing children according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) immunization schedule as they feel this is the best way to protect our children from serious illness or death from vaccine preventable diseases.

Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce infant and child illness. From an early age we encourage children to be active participants in their health. Our pediatricians strive to earn the trust of both parent and child while providing evidence-based treatment in a caring, comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective setting.

What is a wellness exam?

An annual wellness exam is a comprehensive preventive exam with your primary care physician for the sole purpose of preventive care. An annual exam does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. An annual exam may also be called a routine check-up, yearly exam, annual pap, or preventive visit.

Will my insurance pay for a wellness exam?

Most health plans will pay for one wellness or preventive exam per year. Your insurance provider may consider this to be (1) once per calendar year or (2) or once every 366 days from the date of your last wellness exam.

If you have had any other visit billed as preventive during this time period your plan is likely to deny your wellness exam. This would include a well-woman exam or annual pap smear. Your plan may not pay for all testing and/or labs ordered during your wellness exam. If your provider has a concern and orders diagnostic testing and/or labs during your exam you may be financially responsible.

It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider to see what is covered under their wellness benefit, and to ensure they are eligible prior to scheduling their annual wellness exam.

What is the difference between a wellness exam and a problem visit?

Preventive visits and tests ordered by your provider can help you stay healthy and catch problems early. Diagnostic visits and testing are used to diagnose a current health problem. Diagnostic tests are ordered by your provider when you have symptoms and they want to find out why. For example, your provider might want you to have a test because of your age or family history, that’s preventive care, but if it’s because you’re having symptoms or a problem, that is diagnostic care.

Can I have a wellness exam and problem visit at the same time?

The answer is Yes, but not preferred. It is possible to address a problem at a wellness exam, however, it is not the preferred method. A wellness exam is a comprehensive review of systems, medications, past and current medical history, health risk assessment, and preventive testing for potential risks. Wellness exams typically do not require a copay, and, many times, may be covered at 100% (this, of course, is dependent on your insurance plan). When you combine a problem visit with the wellness exam you are billed for both a wellness visit, and a problem visit; which may then require a copay, or have the charges applied to your deductible. For this reason, we ask that you please schedule a separate appointment, on a different day, if you have any new concerns or ongoing health problems that need more attention.

Our pediatricians offer a free consultation for expectant parents which allows you to meet the doctor, tour our office, meet our staff, and get answers to any questions you may have regarding becoming a patient in our practice.