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Luke Smith, MD

Luke Smith, MD

Director of El Futuro, Inc.

Chatham and Orange Counties | Greensboro AHEC

Luke Smith, MD, director of El Futuro, Inc.

“During residency training at NC AHEC sites, I worked exclusively with Spanish-speaking Latino patients. I learned of the great need for Spanish-speaking, culturally-appropriate behavioral health providers during that time. Consequently, I helped launch El Futuro, Inc. Over the last three years we have served over 3,000 patients and now have clinical sites in two schools, two primary health care clinics, and two clinics located in the heart of the Piedmont Latino community (Siler City and Carrboro). Now I have the privilege of mentoring residents at our clinical site for one-year rotations. The residents advance their clinical skills, improve their Spanish, and learn about the culture of the Latino community. I also teach various AHEC seminars and recently online through AHEConnect. I always dreamed of being a ‘medical missionary’ and through AHEC I found my calling right here in North Carolina."