Carolyn Smith, M.D.

Dr. Smith is a family medicine physician that specializes in musculoskeletal conditions. Her interests include bone health and sports injury prevention and treatment in the female athlete. She has expertise in running medicine and a special interest in the endurance athlete, especially runners.

“I have a deep commitment to my patients and take the time to understand you and your health concerns. I believe in treating not just the problem but what is causing the problem. Working together, we formulate a customized plan that will get you back to doing what you enjoy.”




University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Doctor of Medicine

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Master of Science

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Bachelor of Science

Area of Specialization: Exercise Physiology


Board Certified Family Physician

American Board of Family Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI

Family Practice Residency
Chief Resident

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Visiting Fellow

Medical College of Wisconsin

Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Leadership Faculty Development Program, Fellow

Team & Organization Affiliations

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Team Physician, 2003 – present

Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, WI

Team Physician, 1999-2002

Custer High School, Milwaukee, WI

Team Physician, 2001-2002

Faculty Appointments

Marquette University

Clinical Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences, 2018-present
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, College of Health Sciences, 2003-2018
Medical Director, Physical Therapy Clinic, Department of Physical Therapy

Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Assistant Professor 1999-2002


After receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise physiology, Dr. Smith completed her medical studies at the University of Illinois. She obtained her residency training in family practice followed by additional sports medicine training as a visiting fellow. She is board-certified in family medicine.

Dr. Smith is an associate clinical professor at Marquette University in the College of Health Sciences and is actively engaged in research. In 2003 she was named medical team physician and medical director for the Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, a position she still holds.

She has presented at numerous conferences and has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New Physician, Clinics in Family Practice, International Journal of Sports Physiology, and The Journal of Physiology. She has expertise in running medicine and is the co-author of Running for Women, a book published in 2012.

An avid runner, Dr. Smith ran cross-country and track 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 and the 24-Hour National Team on two occasions.

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