Houston OB/GYN doctor named Physician Executive of the Year

Susan Hardwick-Smith, MDSusan Hardwick-Smith, MD

Susan Hardwick-Smith, MD, has been named Physician Executive of the Year by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

MGMA, which represents more than 33,000 medical practice administrators and executives in practices of all sizes, types, structures and specialties, announced the award on Oct. 8 during its annual convention in San Diego.

The award recognizes a physician executive in a medical group practice "who has exhibited outstanding leadership to achieve exceptional medical group performance in the delivery of healthcare in his or her practice and community through personal example and collaborative team management," according to MGMA.

Hardwick-Smith founded and serves as medical director of Complete Women’s Care Center (CWCC), a 12-provider, all-female OB/GYN practice in Houston. She oversees physician contract development and negotiation, staff training, protocol development and marketing. Her leadership focus is on high-level customer service, and serving her employees, according to a statement issued by MGMA.

CWCC has grown the number of providers at the practice by 50 percent and net revenue has grown by 30 percent during Hardwick-Smith's tenure. She is also involved in numerous philanthropic activities, including a surgical gynecologic mission in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Hardwick-Smith is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been in practice in Houston since 1999. After graduating from the University of Houston she attended Baylor College of Medicine and completed her residency training at the University of Texas in Houston, where she served as administrative chief resident in 1998-1999.