Daniel Smith

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dr. Smith offers more than 10 years of applied health care industry leadership work experience, with a focus in health care clinical workforce administration, which is summarized below.

His current role is with Mercy Health of Ohio and Kentucky, which is the largest health care organization in Ohio with over 35k employees. He currently has a Senior Director-level role with the organization in which he oversees nearly all aspects of the clinical workforce, including mergers and acquisitions, clinical productivity oversight, strategic growth of service lines, domestic utilization of services, and other aspects of physician and advanced practice practitioner administration. In this role, he oversees two others in the organization.

He also currently owns and operates Averest Consulting, LLC, in which he provides clinical workforce and strategic clinical guidance to health care organizations.

Prior to Mercy Health, Dr. Smith worked for Banner Health in Arizona as a “data scientist” in which he mostly focused on managing the administrative aspects of the clinical workforce, but also provided analytical insights into clinical quality and the integration of the clinical workforce across a continuum of clinical services.

Prior to Banner Health, starting in 2008, he was in an actuarial role for Arizona’s largest workers’ compensation company. In this role, he oversaw health care claims utilization and also the pricing of health care-related workers’ compensation health care premiums.

In addition to these applied health care workplace roles, he also has taught various levels of statistics, research, and content courses for several institutions since 2005. Also, for three years, he served as the Director of Research Quality and Analytics, overseeing all aspects of doctoral research for a very large doctorate granting institution. He also was the lead subject matter expert during the creation of a new undergraduate actuarial degree program at a U.S. university.

He has an MBA in Management and PhD from Arizona State University. His cross-disciplinary dissertation focused on transactional ethics in the Latin American region.

Courses Taught

DDBA 8100 - Doctoral Study Mentoring

DDBA 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion

DDBA 8561 - Seminar in Health Care Delivery Systems

DDBA 8560 - Seminar in Health Care Management Decision Making


PhD, Arizona State University

MBA, Arizona State University

Public Service

Citizen's Bond Committee - Fire and Police, Board Member - Chandler

Gilbert Chandler YMCA, Board Member - Chandler

Transportation Commission Committee Member, Board Member - Glendale

Chair of Housing and Redevelopment Committee, Chair - Chandler


Smith, D. J. The relationship between nutrient intake and obesity in U.S. career firefighters: A cross-sectional study using the Tactical Athlete Nutrition Score. Journal of Nutrition and Health

Smith, D. Physician Integration in the Context of HR Data Management: A Continuing Conundrum. Health Affairs


Smith, D. J. (2020). Strategies to Improve Employee Retention in the Small Retail Industry. University of Phoenix

Smith, D. J. (2019). Culture and Adherence to Health-Related Recommendations. University of Phoenix

Smith, D. J. (2019). Strategies to Obtain Maximum Usage of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. University of Phoenix

Smith, D. J. (2019). The Disruptive Potential of Free and Low-Cost Online Courses in Higher Education. University of Phoenix

Smith, D. J. (2015). Premier Academy: Using Premier Quality Advisor Data to Measure the Effectiveness of a Sepsis Alert Algorithm. Premier

Smith, D. J. (2014). Modeling Insurance Reserving Errors. CADS

Smith, D. J. (2013). Stochastic Insurance Reserving Methods Part 2. CADS

Smith, D. J. (2013). Stochastic Insurance Reserving Methods. CADS