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Christopher Atkins Smith, MD

  • Spartanburg Regional
  • Medical Group of the Carolinas


  • Family Medicine



Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, where he was chief resident. Dr. Smith is also a Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Smith specializes in preventive care for all ages and the management of chronic medical disorders. His interests include diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, men’s health issues including hormone deficiencies, and acne. He is passionate about quality healthcare delivered in an efficient and evidenced-based manner. He enjoys time with his wife and children, involvement in his local community and church, traveling, photography, and all things Disney.


  • English

Board Certification

  • Family Medicine


Medical Education

Georgetown University


University of Virginia Health Sciences Center


University of Virginia Health Sciences Center

Additional Information

What are your favorite hobbies? I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy being a husband and a father to our two awesome kids. I like to travel and am an avid photographer. I am involved in my local church and recently took part in a mission trip to the Amazon. I am a fan of all things Disney.

Describe your care philosophy: I treat each patient as a VIP – a Very Important Patient. In our office, we like to think of our patients as guest in our home and want to greet them, be ready for their visit. We anticipate any needs so we can be efficient in our visit with the patient. We want the experience in our office to exceed our patients’ expectations.

Each patient is unique, and understanding their concerns and barriers to healthy habits is just as important as knowing what dose of a medication to prescribe. Education is important so I spend time making sure patients understand their medical issues and the reasoning behind my proposed treatments. Patients are encouraged to give their input as we determine goals to improve their own health. Usually, the treatment plan involves more than just a pill – it is important to understand the impact that exercise, nutrition, stress management and sleep have on our current and future health. This team-based approach often requires more patient accountability. Patients appreciate the additional information and are more willing to make lifestyle changes when they realize how much better they feel by adopting healthier habits.

What do you say to your patients to inspire them to strive for a healthier life? We can all affect our overall health by the individual choices we make. It is important that we get adequate rest, so our bodies can recovery and fuel our bodies with good nutrition. Choosing our attitude and our environment can affect our health. We all have 168 hours per week and how we invest these hours is important. We should primarily be investing in our family and our personal health. Staying physically active and participating in appropriate strength training helps with mood and energy, keeps our bones and muscles strong, and improves diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure control. I try to set a good example for my patients through my commitment to strength training three times a week and making other healthy lifestyle choices.

How many years have you been practicing medicine? I have been practicing medicine for 16 years. I moved back to the Upstate seven years ago to start Family Medicine – Five Forks.

Why do you love to practice medicine? I am honored when I can make a difference in people’s lives. In family medicine, I get to know multiple generations of patients.

Why did you pursue a career in medicine? As a youngster, I had several physicians in my life that impressed me with the care they provided to my family and me. I enjoy helping people with a variety of different issues, so family medicine was a natural fit for me.


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