Mark Smith is a senior government relations advisor in King & Spalding’s Government Advocacy and Public Policy Practice Group where he works with the firm’s clients to develop and implement strategies to successfully achieve their legislative and regulatory policy goals. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on Healthcare Public Policy issues before the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal government. He is recognized for his skill in developing bipartisan solutions to complex policy issues. Mr. Smith has more than 19 years of experience in a wide array of health policy issues. He has provided legislative and regulatory guidance to physician organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, patient advocacy coalitions, medical research centers, community health centers, hospitals and hospital systems. This has included matters involving Medicare/Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, advocacy for increased public health appropriations, regulatory issues and the development of comprehensive federal policy initiatives. He has particular expertise in the field of oncology, including cancer research, education, prevention, detection and treatment. Before returning to private practice in 2001, Mr. Smith served for 12 years as a member of the staff of United States Senator Connie Mack (R-FL), most recently as Senior Policy Advisor. He was involved in bipartisan efforts to improve healthcare quality and access, including initiatives to strengthen and modernize programs within the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS) and other Federal agencies. He was also active in efforts to increase federal funding for a variety of U.S. Public Health Service programs. Mr. Smith has delivered numerous presentations at national medical, scientific and health policy conferences. Before joining the staff of Senator Mack, he was Director of Public Relations of Wolfberg/Alvarez & Partners, an architectural, engineering firm in Florida. He also managed his own political consulting firm in Miami. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Mountain Medical LLC, an urgent and primary care medical practice in rural West Virginia. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.