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Virgin Pulse Medical Director


Gary M. Smithson, MD, MBA, is a board-certified pediatrician and accomplished healthcare executive. He brings more than 35 years of business and clinical experience on the executive team at a population health management company and as a healthcare consultant.

Gary founded and served as managing partner of a private pediatric practice in Glendale, California until his transition to healthcare consulting in 1996. In his roles as senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson’s Health Management practice and in a similar role with Deloitte Consulting, and as Chief Medical Officer at RedBrick Health, the wellbeing company recently merged with Virgin Pulse, Gary developed a deep knowledge of healthcare management for businesses.

His areas of expertise include wellbeing and disease management programs, onsite and near-site health services, high-performance provider networks, cost and quality transparency, telehealth, consumer healthcare navigation, employer-sponsored health benefits and health plan clinical operations.

Gary earned his MD from the University of Cincinnati, completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and received his MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Gary volunteers each week in the outpatient clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a clinical instructor of resident physicians, through an academic appointment at the University of Southern California.