Dr. Kathleen Smith, MD

Dr. Kathleen Smith, MD

Dermatology  |  
Female  |  
Age 66
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Dr. Kathleen J. Smith received her medical degree (M.D.) from the Carver College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Dermatology at the world-renowned Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in metropolitan Washington, D.C. She was awarded prestigious fellowships in Immunopathology (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) and Dermatopathology (Armed Forces Institute of Pathology). Dr. Smith brings recognized expertise in cosmetic dermatology, laser therapy and surgery, and dermatopathology to Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta. She is commended for knowledge of clinical dermatology topics including evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and diseases; immunofluorescence; skin rejuvenation; sun protection; facial fillers; and healthy skin care. Expertise into these specialties makes Dr. Smith's insight highly sought after by major medical journals and medical societies: Dr. Smith's scientific works have been published in more than two hundred of the world's most esteemed medical journals and texts. Dr. Smith has presented formal presentations at more than two hundred fifty annual meetings or conferences of these societies. Dr. Smith has trained physicians in the United States and from all over the world. Her commitment to clinical education and training is evidenced by her previous roles as: Professor (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; Department of Dermatology/Department of Pathology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine) Clinical Professor (Department of Dermatology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA) Co-Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship Program (The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine). Dr. Kathleen J. Smith is nationally board-certified in dermatopathology, dermatological immunity, and diagnostic and laboratory immunology. She is a member of: The American Academy of Dermatology The American Society of Dermatopathology The Society for Investigative Dermatology The International Society of Dermatopathology The American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons The Atlanta Dermatologic Society The Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgeons She holds licenses in the states of: Georgia Florida South Carolina Alabama Tennessee North Carolina Virginia Maryland Pennsylvania

1428 Scott Blvd

Decatur, GA 30030

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  • Aetna
  • Alliant Health Plans
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • CeltiCare Health
  • Cigna
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Hair Loss
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 95% of peers
Skin Infections
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta, a national triple board-certified dermatology and dermatopathology practice, is uniquely skilled in helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin. Science-based anti-aging therapies—including state-of-the-art non-surgical technologies, FDA-approved medications, and select skin care treatments and products—assist patients in achieving and maintaining younger-looking, smooth, and radiant skin.

Dr. Kathleen J. Smith, FAAD believes no two patients are alike.  She will treat you as an individual and develop a completely customized approach to your specific skin care needs.  She will diagnose your condition, educate you on your condition and effectively treat your skin care disease or disorder.  You and your family couldn't be in better hands than Dr. Kathleen J. Smith, FAAD and her highly trained staff."


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  • Dermatology
  • Dermatologic Immunology
  • Dermatopathology

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
  • Dermatopathology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
  • Diagnostic Laboratory & Dermatological Immunology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Due to Drugs
  • Dry Skin
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Infections
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Hair Loss
  • Hidradenitis
  • Impetigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Keloid Scar
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lipomas
  • Melanoma
  • Nail and Nail Bed Infection
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Allergy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Diseases
  • Skin Disorders
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Facial Peel
  • Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mole Evaluation
  • Mole Removal
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Wart Removal

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Iowa
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • Roy J Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine At University Of Iowa
    Medical School | Graduated 1975
  • Elyria Mem Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1976
  • Walter Reed Army Med Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • Armed Forces Inst Path
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Walter Reed Army Inst Of Research
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

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based on 21 total reviews (11 with comments)
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Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta appreciates your honest feedback! We aren't perfect, but we aim to provide you and your family with the best services. Your feedback helps us become a better practice and our physicians to provide you with better healthcare.  We sincerely appreciate your time and we truly value your opinion. Thank you!

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Dr. Smith's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
in Stone Mountain, GA |
Excellent Doctor & Staff After recently moving to Atlanta, I began seeing this derm. She's absolutely wonderful! Great with helping to find proper and individualized treatments, also kind and supportive. The staff there is amazing at helping me get the care I need when I need it, and they are always courteous. This has relieved a lot of my medical anxiety already.
in Decatur, Georgia |
I had two very brief visits with Dr. Smith, standing face to face, with no real examination under lights or magnification. I was prescribed a medication that was so outrageously priced that I couldn't afford it even with my insurance. I was charged over $200 for each visit which was not well covered by insurance to add insult to injury. Several months later I am still having the same problem. I do not recommend her.
Norcross, GA |
Kathy (Kathleen J. Smith) and her staff are HORRIBLE. Please see below for email I sent to her in which I did NOT receive a response. I wish I could post pictures on this platform. (Please note that this email was sent last year) "I am disappointed in the service that I have received in your office. I have visited you on several occasions in regards to my hair loss issues on my temples. The last time I visited you was in January. I was supposed to set up future appointments, but after the las
Atlanta, GA |
Dr. Kathleen Smith and her office is run like a two-bit circus. They are unprepared, unorganized and scattered. Frankly, Dr. Smith is so zoned out I began to wonder if she had a pill problem (sorry, not sorry). I got bad, watered down botox from Dr. Smith. When I called back,within a week they told me they had no record of me being there, no account of me paying them and couldn't help me. Worse, I prepaid for more botox bc my flex card was expiring and they couldn't find that payment. Awful.
in Stone Mountain, ga |
I am VERY pleased. I had been back and forth to out pediatric MD desperately trying to get my daughter relief from a scalp issue for several months they never could give me a diagnoses so I went to Dr Smith she diagnosed her the 1st visit and treated her. By the time we went back for the follow up she was free of the problem. I also see DR Smith and I love her! She gets right to the point and resolves the issue!
in Norcross, GA |
The initial visit was only about 10 minutes long. How Dr. Smith can get a good handle on the conditions you're suffering from in that short amount of time is beyond me. After the appointment, my daughter called five times over a period of two weeks requesting to speak to the her about one of the medications she prescribed with no call back. We gave up and found a new doctor. Completely unresponsive and uncaring. Don't waste your time with this practice.
in Atlanta, GA |
horrible never again I had took my daughter out of school 3 times before she recommended we see a general surgeon. never explained why, had her assistant speak to me without ever looking in my direction. the oath she took to help the wounded and sick should be revoked. unpleasant, unengaged, unworthy, and unethical
in atlanta |
Very clean environment. Because I filled out my paperwork very detailed she walked in and never touched me nor looked me over. Just told me what I was suffering from. The look on her face with no smile had me nervous to ask a question. I'm disturbed about that situation still. So I wanted to research and read other comments and I read one exactly like mine so I don't feel bad anymore. It is obviously her personality. Not good for us as we finally take the time out to seek help.
I took my child to her about warts and she was very patient with him. She took her time and very gentle. Only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was not warned that my child would be in severe pain because of the treatment and therefore I was unaware if how to handle it for him
Stockbridge, GA |
Her bedside manner has been great during my visits and her staff have done a fine job. I have recommended her to several in my area. I know she is doing well because I have six specialists in all and she rates at the top.
in Lilburn, GA |
Terrible! I waited over an hour and half to see the doctor and then she only spent 10 minutes if that in the room. Also she was extremely rude and nasty towards her staff yell and screaming like a mad woman. I will never come back
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Dr. Smith accepts 19 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Basic HMO
    Choice Open Access POS
    Choice POS
    Choice POS II
    Choice PPO
    Commercial HMO
    Health Fund
    Health Fund POS
    Health Fund PPO
    Health Network Option Open Access
    HealthFund CDHP and Value Plan All of Georgia Basic
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    HealthFund HDHP Most of Georgia HDHP
    Managed Choice POS
    Medicare Advantage HMO
    Medicare Advantage PPO
    Open Choice POS
    Open Choice PPO
  • Alliant Health Plans
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
    Medicaid HMO
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Access
    Blue Access PPO
    Blue Advantage
    Blue Advantage HMO
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    Blue Advantage PPO
    Blue Card
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Care Connection PPO
    Blue Care HMO
    Blue Care Network
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    Blue Care Security HMO
    Blue Care Security PPO
    Blue Choice
    Blue Choice HMO
    Blue Choice POS
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    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Blue HMO
    Medicare HMO
    Medicare Plus Blue PPO
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    Preferred Care Blue
    Preferred Care Blue PPO
    Preferred Plan PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
    Blue Choice HMO
    Blue Choice Option POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia PPO
    Blue Open Access POS
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • CeltiCare Health
  • Cigna
    Cigna EPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Georgia
    Cigna Healthcare of Georgia HMO
    Cigna Healthcare of Georgia PPO
    Cigna HMO
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    Medicare Advantage HMO
    Network Open Access
    Open Access
    Open Access HMO
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    Open Access Plus PPO
    Open Access POS
    Select Network HMO
    Select Network POS
    Select Network PPO
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
    Advantra HMO
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    Carelink HMO
    Carelink PPO
    Coventry Health America
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    Coventry Health America PPO
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    Optimum Choice PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) EPO
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    First Health (Coventry Health Care) POS
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Advantage Plus
    Choice Care HMO
    Choice Care Network PPO
    Choice Care PPO
    Choice PPO
    CoverageFirst and Value Plan Atlanta Area Basic
    CoverageFirst and Value Plan Atlanta Area CDHP
    Freedom HMO
    Freedom Plus
    Freedom PPO
    Gold Choice
    Gold HMO
    Gold Plus
    Gold Plus Choice PPO
    Gold Plus HMO
    Humana EPO
    Humana HMO
    Humana POS
    Humana PPO
    Medicare Advantage HMO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
  • NovaNet
    NovaNet PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Tricare
    Family Health Plan HMO
    Family Health Plan POS
    Family Health Plan PPO
    TriCare for Life
    Tricare HMO
    Tricare PPO
    Tricare South
    TRICARE Young Adult - Standard Option
    TRICARE Young Adult -Prime Option
  • UnitedHealthCare
    AARP Medicare Complete Essential HMO
    AARP Medicare Complete Premier HMO
    AARP Medicare Complete Value HMO
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    AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Plan 2 HMO
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    Bronze HSA 100
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    Choice HMO
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    Choice Plus EPO
    Choice Plus HMO
    Choice Plus POS
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    Golden Rule PPO
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    Optum Choice
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    Platinum Copay Select
    Select HMO
    Select Plus EPO
    Select Plus HMO
    Select Plus POS
    United Healthcare
    United Healthcare EPO
    United Healthcare HMO
    United Healthcare POS
    United Healthcare PPO
    United Healthcare West
  • WellCare

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Hospitals where Dr. Smith has admitting privileges

Dekalb Medical
2701 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
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Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road North East
Atlanta, GA 30322
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